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Four charged in Boston College betting scandal

January 18, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ Four men who prosecutors say have links to organized crime have been arrested in the sports betting scandal that rocked Boston College last October.

James C. Potter, 33, was arrested at his Flushing, N.Y., home Thursday. He will be arraigned Tuesday on charges he ran a gambling ring at Boston College.

Potter faces 26 years in prison if convicted of the gambling charges and the Boston Globe reports he could face additional charges in New York for allegedly beating a student bookie who had fallen behind in his debts.

The college’s gambling scandal broke when 13 football players were suspended in October, two of whom bet against their own team. The school later suspended eight students, identified as bookies, and is disciplining at least 20 others for illegal bets.

Potter’s bookmaking operation took in hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, and the Boston College business represented ``a very small part″ of those proceeds, Middlesex District Attorney Thomas F. Reilly said.

Massachusetts State Police also filed charges against former Boston College student Timothy J. Doheny, 26, of Newton.

Doheny is an assistant manager at an off-campus Brookline bar that allegedly served as the center of BC gambling activity. Doheny, who faces 25 years in prison, will be arraigned Feb. 3.

Reilly said state police charged two other men with running a separate gambling operation. Former Bentley College football star Michael Rymsha, 23, of Newburyport, and Jason W. Pines, 26, of Boston will also be arraigned Feb. 3. They face up to 11 1/2 years in prison each. The Boston Herald reported the two men were representatives of a syndicate based in Boston.

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