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Auburn suspends Chuck Person without pay over fraud, corruption allegations

29 Setiembre 2017, 07:41 | Bibiana Flor

Auburn suspends Chuck Person without pay over fraud, corruption allegations

Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person talks with Auburn forward Anfernee Mc Lemore Tuesday Feb. 14 2017 during an NCAA basketball game at Auburn Arena in Auburn Ala

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that 10 people have been arrested, including four coaches.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim says the investigation was "covert until today".

Both Michel and Person were arrested Tuesday during a nationwide law enforcement effort to detain 10 individuals who are accused of being involved with the scheme now being investigated by the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of NY. The charges are a result of Person allegedly taking money to use his influence over student athletes to convince them to sign with a particular financial manager.


The news surfacing about Person has already been painful for the Auburn basketball program in many ways.

Person is facing six federal charges and is accused of accepting payments from an agent trying to development business relationships with some of Auburn's players. Montgomery is the younger brother of Brandy Montgomery, who was a player on the Auburn's women's basketball team.

According to the feds, the coaches abused the trust of young players with the money-making scheme they had going. Michel also said he knew a coach who needed a $60,000 loan and would "have 3 or 4 pros come out a year...." He was allegedly given the payments in exchange for his help in steering Auburn's basketball players toward services provided by the FBI's informant and a man named Rashan Michel, a former NCAA and NBA referee who owns an Atlanta clothing store that specializes in bespoke suits and counts numerous NBA and National Football League athletes as clients. In all, Person is said to have collected more than $90,000 from one agent - except that this was not a sports agent but an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation informant. Person bragged about his National Basketball Association connections, saying, "When you've coached Kobe Bryant, worked with Phil Jackson, it goes a long way". The coach also was recorded giving Augustine, the AAU official, an envelope containing $12,700 in cash, which Dawkins said "will take care of July, of August". I feel like it will probably hurt Auburn for sure because we have such a good basketball program. You can count on none of those guys touching Auburn with a 10-foot pole now.


247Sports noted Baylor, Florida State and NC State were among the other programs to make a scholarship offer to the forward.

Around Jan. 18, 2017, Person introduced Player-2 and the student-athlete's mother to the agent, during which he told the athlete and mother that once he connected them with the agent, he would then be "out of it". Well, that wasn't true. According to the complaint filed against him, one meeting with the FBI's cooperating witness took place in NY, with $15,000 in bribes allegedly changing hands. He was the lone member of the 2018 recruiting class. "While pushing these professionals, the bribed coaches showed little regard for the players' well being".

In a press conference this morning, the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of NY laid out the charges against Person, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, and Tony Bland of Southern Cal as well as other individuals totally ten people in all. Person-who was charged with Bribery conspiracy, Solicitation of bribes, Honest services fraud conspiracy, Honest services fraud, Wire fraud conspiracy and Travel Act conspiracy-must appear in federal court next month. At least 10 coaches, managers, financial advisors, and Adidas reperesenative Jim Gatto, according to NBC. "We are saddened, angry and disappointed".


Auburn is offering full refunds to season ticket holders after federal charges were filed against assistant coach Chuck Person, Al.com reported. The only "All-American high school basketball player" who committed to a school Adidas sponsors in June is Brian Bowen, who is now enrolled at Louisville. "In the meantime, Auburn is working closely with law enforcement, and we will help them in their investigation in any way we can".



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