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Case Number: 3:21-cr-00052-BJB
Judge: Benjamin Beaton
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Jefferson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Louisville, KY: Attempted extortion criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Dino Gaudi, age 64, of Mooresville, North Carolina, was informed his employment contract as an assistant men’s basketball coach would not be renewed, he attempted to extort money from the University of Louisville. Specifically, Gaudio threatened to report to the media that the University of Louisville men’s basketball program had allegedly violated National College Athletic Association rules in its production of recruiting videos for prospective student-athletes and in its use of graduate assistants in practices, unless he was paid his salary of $25,000 a month for an additional 17 months or received a lump sum payment of $425,000. As part of this threat, Gaudio sent a text message to University of Louisville personnel containing one of the recruiting videos he was threatening to send to the media.
The FBI and the University of Louisville Police Department investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda E. Gregory prosecuted the case.
18:875(d) INTERSTATE COMMUNICATION WITH INTENT TO EXTORT
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $10,000 and assessed $100.00.