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Ex-CEO of Fiesta Bowl gets second sentence in a week

By Jacques Billeaud
Associated Press

PHOENIX: A former Fiesta Bowl chief executive originally from Barberton was sentenced to three years of probation on a state conviction for his acknowledged role in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.

The sentencing Thursday in county court in metro Phoenix marked the second punishment 58-year-old John Junker has received in the last week in the contribution scandal that jeopardized the bowl’s NCAA license and led to the ouster of the bowl leader.

A week ago, he was sentenced in federal court to eight months in prison on a conspiracy conviction arising from the scandal.

In both cases, Junker has admitted being involved in a scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

Employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for campaign contributions.


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