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Former basketball coach faces federal charges

Hackensack fans of college basketball may be disturbed by the scandal affecting a former Auburn University assistant coach. On Jan. 3, a New York judge allowed a case to move forward against the former coach as well as an Atlanta clothing company owner. The coach is charged with accepting bribes from a financial adviser who was working with the FBI to direct athletes toward his services.

The former Auburn employee is facing a number of federal charges, including bribery, wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy allegations. The judge said that these allegations are supported by sufficient evidence to move toward a jury trial. The clothing company owner is facing fewer charges, and the judge also allowed those allegations to move forward. The trial against both men, who pleaded not guilty, is scheduled to begin on Feb. 4 in New York City.

The former coach is accused of seeking and accepting more than $91,000 in bribes to direct his players and their families to seek financial advice from a particular adviser. Unbeknownst to the former coach, the financial adviser was a federal cooperating witness. His defense lawyer had argued that there was insufficient evidence to bring the man to trial, given changes in how the Supreme Court interprets public corruption. They also cited the definition of wire fraud, saying that it did not apply to the charges against the man. However, the judge hearing the case disagreed, saying the Supreme Court precedent did not apply to the type of allegations the former coach was facing.

White collar crime charges can be particularly complex, especially at the federal level. A Hackensack, New Jersey, federal charges defense lawyer can help people facing charges for fraud, bribery, embezzlement or similar allegations to challenge prosecution narratives and present a strong defense.

Source: Trib town, "Judge upholds charges against ex-Auburn Coach Chuck Person", Larry Neumeister, 01/03/2019

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