Former Boxer to Plead Guilty in Fraud Scheme
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WASHINGTON — A former professional boxer is expected to plead guilty to charges that he spent grant money from the District of Columbia government on gambling, travel and luxury cars.
Keely Thompson is due in court Wednesday afternoon for a plea hearing. Prosecutors allege that Thompson and his wife, Bianca, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money on personal expenses. They are facing a 31-count indictment charging them with wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy.
Thompson fought professionally as a lightweight in the 1980s and 1990s. After he retired, he established a nonprofit to provide at-risk children with physical fitness programs.
Prosecutors say the center got more than $1.5 million in city government and private grant funds between 2004 and 2010.
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