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Press conference by the United States Attorneys Office at noon today. Should be a good one!:

BREAKING NEWS / NBC: The FBI has arrested several NCAA asst. basketball coaches in a corruption scheme. Presser @ 12n with U.S. Attorney
 
 
United States AttPress conference by the United States Attorneys Office at noon today. Should be a good one!

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Press conference by the United States Attorneys Office at noon today. Should be a good one!
BREAKING NEWS / NBC: The FBI has arrested several NCAA asst. basketball coaches in a corruption scheme. Presser @ 12n with U.S. Attorney     United States AttPress conference by the United States Attorneys Office at noon today. Should be a good one!

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Probably needs to get it's own thread started.   Only 2 names I've seen thus far. Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State and Chuck Person of Auburn University.   

Please Lord don't let there be any connection to IU either with the present staff or with the former staff. 

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It will be interesting to see what federal statutes have been charged.

"Corruption" statutes are specific-term of art statutes only applicable to government officials; so those statutes will not be the charging mechanism.  More likely that mail fraud/wire fraud statutes have been applied..."artifice or scheme to defraud" using (either) interstate wires or the US Mail.

 

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More than just coaching staff involved.

There will be a press conference today at noon to announce charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball.  Federal criminal charges have been brought against ten people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisors, and representatives of a major international sportswear company.  The press conference will be livestreamed on Facebook @USAOSDNY

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7 minutes ago, VO5 said:

Wow. Arizona and USC are constantly getting top recruits too (USC more recently).

Does this mean the hammer from the NCAA for those schools?

 

Well, it certainly could, but the Bureau is unlikely to have worked jointly with NCAA investigators, so the NCAA would be at least six months behind in attempting to put their case together.

Additionally, if the Federal Grand Jury 6E list does not include the NCAA investigative staff, the NCAA will not have access to subpoenaed documents, ie: bank accounts until they are public, trial records. DON'T mistake a press release from the US Attorneys Office which cites/thanks the NCAA's cooperation as an indicator that the NCAA will have access to key case materials.

 

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I would anticipate that the statutes charged will be Title 18, U.S.C. sections 1341 and 1343.

WIll be interesting to see if there were exclusively confidential witnesses used, or if an undercover agent was introduced to the scenario.

The CWs will indicate they they 'flipped' industry insiders, who then made consensual recordings at the behest of the case team. Those CWs will likely be in a position where they also have criminal exposure and take a minor hit. 

If there is an agent who was introduced as an undercover, that testimony will likely be far more airtight.

 

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AND HERE IT IS:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/998746/download

What I'm seeing so far: 

  • The affiant is SA John Vouderis; a young agent who was local ADA until 2015. That means that he is NOT the primary case agent. It is common to use a member of the case team who will not testify as the affiant for charging documents.
  • Three AUSAs on the indictment - that means it is a major resource effort.
  • Statutes charged are broad in nature: Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud (+ deprivation of honest services wire fraud), Travel Act, etc.
  • Having now skimmed the entire Chuck Person indictment, there does NOT appear to be an undercover introduction. 
  • It seems that the key to the matter is the CW, a "handler" who was flipped. CW-1 is more than likely looking at a criminal information once the case is resolved. 

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