Former Olympic boxer sentenced to 37 months in prison

Updated: July 12, 2004, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Former Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Henry Tillman was sentenced Monday to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal identity theft charges.

Tillman, 43, of Los Angeles, was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after he gets out of prison, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada.

Tillman, who won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics, was arrested Jan. 6 by Las Vegas police. He was charged with fraudulent possession, transfer and use of documents.

Authorities said a woman tried to pass a counterfeit check in the amount of $2,838 at a Las Vegas bank but fled in Tillman's car after the teller became suspicious.

Police searched the car and arrested five other people. Police found six fake driver's licenses, 18 bad checks in various company names and eight counterfeit credit cards.

Tillman and another man provided counterfeit checks and identification to the woman, who cashed them for a 10 percent cut, according to a guilty plea memorandum.

The five other people in the car, including the woman, also have pleaded guilty to identity theft charges.

Tillman retired as a pro boxer in 1992 with a 25-6 record. He defeated former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson twice in earning a spot on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

One of his six pro losses was to Tyson on June 16, 1990. He was stopped in the first round at Caesars Palace in Tyson's first fight after he had been upset by Buster Douglas in Tokyo.

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