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Ponzi scheme sentencing delayed for former UConn, NBA player Tate George

FILE - This Aug. 8, 2008, file photo shows former NBA and University of Connecticut player Tate George during the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. A federal jury convicted C. Tate George on four counts of wire fraud last fall. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. The former NBA player will be sentenced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File)

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FILE - This Aug. 8, 2008, file photo shows former NBA and University of Connecticut player Tate George during the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. A federal jury convicted C. Tate George on four counts of wire fraud last fall. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. The former NBA player will be sentenced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File)

TRENTON, N.J. - A sentencing for a former NBA player convicted of ripping off investors in a Ponzi scheme has been pushed back.

Tate George was to have been sentenced in federal court in Trenton on Wednesday. But after a status conference between attorneys and the judge, it was decided to hold the sentencing in August.

Prosecutors say that will give more time for both sides to file pre-sentencing papers.

George was known for a buzzer-beating shot in the NCAA Tournament for UConn in 1990.

He was convicted last fall on four wire fraud counts.

Prosecutors say George got others — including other pro athletes — to invest in what they thought was a real estate opportunity.

George allegedly used the money to pay back other investors and for personal expenses.

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