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Olympians Who Were Sent to Prison

Athlete Gender Country Sport Notes
Janez Albreht Male YUG ICH Shot his wife and sent to prison for 5 years and 11 months for attempted murder.
Sihame Ayouba Ali Female COM SWI In January 2013, she pleaded guilty to using false documents to avoid being married against her will and was sentenced to eight months in jail.
Nathan Baggaley Male AUS CAN He pleaded guilty to supplying and manufacturing ecstasy in 2009. He was sentenced to nine years in jail, but was released early in 2011.
Yomi Bankole Male NGR TTN Spent four years in prison for armed robbery.
Patrick Bogere Male SWE BOX In 2006, he was sentenced to four years in prison for an armed robbery, but was released after 2 years for good behavior on probation again. He then continued his boxing career.
Arne Borg Male SWE SWI After Borg failed to show up for conscription and went on holiday, he was briefly imprisoned.
Dick Boushka Male USA BAS In December 2002 Boushka pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding American Bank of more than $17 million for various real estate deals. He pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud and one count each of making a false statement to obtain a bank loan and omission of information for the sale of a security, and was eventually sentenced to a 70-month prison term.
Riddick Bowe Male USA BOX Sentenced to 18 months in jail for kidnapping his estranged wife and children.
Cassius Clay Male USA BOX In 1967 he was convicted for refusing to serve in the US Army and sentenced to 5 years in prison. His jail sentence was eventually overturned in the Supreme Court.
Alex De Jesús Male PUR BOX In 2010 he was sentenced to 4 years for domestic violence and weapons offences.
Yvonne de Ligne Female BEL FSK Hired a killer to murder her husband and sent to prison for 15 years.
Christophe Dupouey Male FRA CYC In 2006, he was found to be involved in a widespread doping scandal involving "pot belge", a mixture of cocaine, amphetamine and heroin that was used for performance enhancement on the Kermesse circuit. He served a three-month jail sentence.
Toby Gibson Male USA BOX Served time in prison for armed robbery.
Bob Hayes Male USA ATH Served a two-year jail term for possession and trafficking in illegal drugs.
Clarence Hill Male BER BOX He ended up in prison twice, once for cocaine possesion and once for armed robbery.
David Jenkins Male GBR ATH Sentenced to seven years in prison, but served just nine months for smuggling steroids.
Marion Jones Female USA ATH Sentenced to six-months in jail for perjury related to doping offenses, serving began in March 2008.
Ignac Kavec Male YUG ICH In 2013 he was sentenced to 4 years in prison for extortion.
Oleksandr Kolchynskiy Male URS WRE Was sentenced to seven years of prison on extortion charges in 1994, but was paroled by Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma in 1996.
Tamara Lazakovich Female URS GYM Unhappiness with her life led her to alcoholism, which resulted in several jail sentences.
Wayne LeBombard Male USA SSK In 1987 he was arrested and sentenced to 45 days in jail for stealing money from a bike shop.
Spyros Louis Male GRE ATH Imprisoned on charges of falsifying military documents in 1926. He spent more than a year in jail before his trial on 28 June 1927, when was acquitted.
Humberto Mariles Male MEX EQU In 1964 he was imprisoned after shooting a man, but was released by presidential pardon. In 1972 he was arrested in Paris for drug-smuggling but died in prison before coming to trial.
Tim Montgomery Male USA ATH In May 2008 sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in a check-fraud and money laundering scheme. In October 2008 sentenced to five-years in prison for heroin dealing.
Fabian Muyaba Male ZIM ATH In 2009, he was sentenced to 10 years for defrauding the US government.
Doug Northway Male USA SWI In 1997 he pleaded guilty to attempted molestation of a 9-year-old girl he was coaching and was sentenced to four months in prison, four months of house arrest, and lifetime probation.
Matti Nykänen Male FIN SKJ He was found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to a 26-month jail term in October 2004, but since it was his first offense, he was released from jail in September 2005. While on probation, he was re-arrested four days later for again abusing Tapola. Nykänen was convicted again for four months on 16 March 2006, but soon after his release he stabbed a man in a pizza restaurant in Korpilahti. This time he was sentenced to two years in prison, but the term was later shortened to 60 days and 57 hours of community service.
Godwin Okpara Male NGR FTB In August 2005, Okpara was arrested by French police on charges of raping his 13 year-old adopted daughter. He was found guilty and imprisoned in June 2007 for 10 years. His wife, Linda Okpara, accused of torture on the same person has been condemned to 15 years in jail.
Sylvester Omodiale Male NGR ATH In 2006 he was sentenced to 4 years in prison for smuggling cocaine.
Igor Paklin Male URS, EUN ATH In 1995 imprisoned for manslaughter.
Vasilios Papageorgopoulos Male GRE ATH In 2013 he was sentenced to life in prison from embezzling €18,000,000 during his time as mayor of Thessaloniki.
?udovít Plachetka Male CZE BOX Served nine years for murder and attempted murder. Released then later convicted of sexual offences.
Steve Riddick Male USA ATH In 2007 he was convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud, and money laundering, and sentenced to federal prison for five years and three months for counterfeiting checks.
Murray Riley Male AUS ROW In 1966 he was jailed for a year in New Zealand on charges of attempting to bribe a police inspector. In 1978 he was arrested after 4.3 tons of cannabis was found onboard a yacht. Riley pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Kenneth Torrington to 5-10 years in jail.
Thomas Schleicher Male AUT JUD Committed suicide while in prison.
Wolfgang Schwarz Male AUT FSK In 2002 he was sentenced to 1½ years in prison on trafficking charges related to importing young Lithuanian girls to Austria to serve as prostitutes. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in August 2006 for plotting to kidnap the daughter of a Romanian businessman.
Bill Silkworth Male USA SHO On 29 November 1929, he was found guilty of using the mails to defraud and was sentenced to a short jail term and fined several thousand dollars.
James Snook Male USA SHO Found guilty of murder and later suffered the death penalty.
Doc Strong Male USA WRE Committed suicide in a jail cell where he sat for public drunkenness.
Patric Suter Male SUI ATH In 2009 Suter was arrested for the murder of a married couple and later sentenced to life imprisonment. He had belonged to a so-called "snowball circle". Due to his drug addiction, he was in financial difficulties and wanted to renovate this way.
Tin Tun Male MYA BOX Imprisoned as "political dissident".
Regilio Tuur Male NED BOX In 2003, he was sentenced to 20 months in jail for various violence offences, including the beating of his wife and the assault of a police officer.
Masato Uchishiba Male JPN JUD In February 2013 sentenced to five years in prison for raping a student he had been coaching.
Alfried von Bohlen und Halbach Male GER SAI In 1948 he was sentenced to 12 years for “crimes against humanity”, but pardoned after three years in prison.
Ricardo Williams, Jr. Male USA BOX In 2005 he was arrested and convicted of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and was sentenced to three years in jail. After serving 31 months, he was released.