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September 10, 2019

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Former Indiana University basketball player Joe Hillman has been named in a probable cause affidavit as part of an alleged extensive gambling ring run by New Palestine businessman Bret A. Wells.

Hillman, a 6-2 guard from Glendale, California, played for the Hoosiers from 1984-89, and was part of the 1987 national championship team.

Hillman has not been charged, but according to the affidavit filed Aug. 28 in Hancock Circuit Court, Hillman and Wells met several times while under surveillance by Indiana Gaming Control Officers.

According to the affidavit, Hillman was identified by Wells’s former business partner as an agent for the operation. The former business partner, whose information features prominently in the affidavit, told investigators with the Indiana Gaming Commission that Wells had seven agents who collected money for him. Once gaming commission investigators began trailing Wells, they watched him meet with Hillman on four occasions starting in November 2018. Each time, they met outside Hillman’s office on the north side of Indianapolis, the affidavit states.

On Nov. 6, 2018, Wells was seen pulling in front of Hillman’s office, in the 900 block of East 96th Street in Indianapolis. According to the affidavit, investigators watched Hillman come out of the business and hand Wells a white envelope.

Wells is charged with six felony counts, including professional gambling and corrupt business influence.

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