Would You Like To Donate Money To A $50,000 Sarah Phillips Documentary?…

A few days ago, someone wanted to raise $50,000 for a Sarah Phillips documentary. As we remember, Phillips got into all sorts of trouble while she was a columnist at ESPN and a gambling columnist at Covers.com. But this proposed documentary didn't set out to wrestle broader themes like creepy scams or the vagaries of… » 8/02/12 2:56pm 8/02/12 2:56pm

Is USA Today's Veteran Gambling Guy Buying Twitter Followers?

Remember our old friend Sarah Phillips, the internet huckster and former ESPN columnist? One of her many tricks, we learned, was to buy followers on Twitter—a new scheme for a new era. The more followers you have, the more influence you can claim to have. In a monetized social-media landscape, the Twitter follower… » 6/29/12 9:30am 6/29/12 9:30am

Everything You Need To Know About Sarah Phillips, Former ESPN Columnist…

Last week, we published a long story about Sarah Phillips, the ESPN columnist who, among other things, used her connections to the Worldwide Leader to hijack a teenager's Facebook venture. The story developed quickly from there, getting progressively more complicated as more tipsters came forward with their own Sarah… » 5/11/12 12:18pm 5/11/12 12:18pm

Source: Sarah Phillips Steered Business To A Bookie Who Was Probably…

So far, we know that former ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips and her partner, Nilesh Prasad, hijacked a 19-year-old's Facebook page, misrepresented their connections to ESPN, and engaged in some sort of minor-league hustle at a Corvallis, Ore., T-Mobile store. To that list, let's add another, more serious allegation:… » 5/08/12 10:08am 5/08/12 10:08am

In The Realm Of Gambling Message Boards, Anyone Could Be The Next Sarah…

How did a poseur like former ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips get so far in the gambling world, a place where you might expect people to value experience, wisdom, and verifiability above all else? Well, remember where she—and presumably her partner, Nilesh Prasad—got her start: the gambling message board at Covers.com. » 5/07/12 12:20pm 5/07/12 12:20pm

Meet Nilesh Prasad, Sarah Phillips's Scamming Partner And Supposed…

Here, at last, are some photos of former ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips and her partner, Nilesh Prasad, the low-rent Bonnie and Clyde of social-media ripoffs. The reader who sent the one above said it was taken in April 2010 during a trip to Cancun. This was a "top performer vacation reward," our tipster writes, "for a… » 5/03/12 12:44pm 5/03/12 12:44pm

Sources: Sarah Phillips And Nilesh Prasad Picked Games Together,…

What have we learned about Sarah Phillips, the woman who was apparently scamming people on the Internet when she wasn't writing a column for ESPN.com, in the 24 hours since our story was published? The most interesting bit is that she and her partner, Nilesh Prasad, apparently engaged in some low-grade scamming in… » 5/02/12 3:05pm 5/02/12 3:05pm

Sarah Phillips Admits She "Concealed" Her Identity, Made "Poor Choices…

Sarah Phillips, the former ESPN.com contributor and self-professed gambling guru, is having a bit of conscience cleansing tonight, in the wake of our investigation into whether she was part of a larger, more nefarious con job and how ESPN editors could actually employ someone—freelance or not— that they had never… » 5/01/12 10:20pm 5/01/12 10:20pm