Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Auburn Basketball: How is Chuck Person involved in FBI investigation?

Auburn Basketball: How is Chuck Person involved in FBI investigation?

AUBURN | Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person on Tuesday was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and charged with fraud and corruption.

"This morning's news is shocking", the statement reads.

The indictment came from the Southern District of NY alleged charges of fraud, bribery and corruption in college basketball.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office have been investigating since 2015. We have suspended Coach Person without pay effective immediately.

Most of these charges stem from assistant coaches being paid in order to help brands have some influence on which brand a player represents once they move on to the next level.

James Gatto was arrested Tuesday along with nine others, including four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State.

According to court documents, Person was paid $91,500 in bribes by a company called CW-1 in exchange for his agreement to use his official influence over student-athletes, one whom he believed would enter the National Basketball Association and the other to purchase suits from an Atlanta clothing store owner named Rashan Michael. Prosecutors claim that a sports agent paid Person for access to Auburn player, Austin Wiley.

On Nov. 29,2016, Person accepted $50,000 in bribe payments.

"The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisers, not because of the merits of those advisers, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisers to do so", the papers said.

At that time, Person mentioned the "9th ranked kid in the country" would be playing for Auburn in January and that Michel and the witness needed to "get involved with him now".

The charges allege Person took the money to steer athletes who showed promise of becoming professional basketball players toward at least two businesses who might benefit from doing business with those athletes if they played in the NBA.

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