Ex-CEO of Fiesta Bowl sentenced to probation, to pay fine

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John Junker. (Source: CBS 5 News) John Junker. (Source: CBS 5 News)

John Junker, the former Fiesta Bowl chief executive who admitted to participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $36,800 fine Thursday.

The final punishment of Junker marks the end of the criminal cases that arose from the scandal that jeopardized the bowl's NCAA license.

Junker admitted being involved in a scheme in which bowl employees were told by Junker to make illegal campaign contributions to politicians and then were reimbursed about $46,000 by the nonprofit bowl.

Junker was sentenced last week in federal court to eight months in prison for his part in the scheme.

He was sentenced Thursday by Maricopa Superior Court Judge Joseph Welty for his guilty plea to a state felony charge of solicitation to commit a fraudulent scheme.

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