Auburn's former basketball assistant, Chuck Person, has agreed to plead guilty to accepting bribes from a witness cooperating with the FBI to incite the Tigers players to sign with some financial advisors and business managers once become pro.
In a letter to US District Judge Loretta A. Preska on Friday, Robert Boone and Aline Flodr, deputy attorneys, wrote: "The government understands that the accused person, Chuck Connors, wants to make a change of plea in the case. Above mentioned case. "
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in New York.
One person had already pleaded not guilty to six counts of bribery, solicitation of bribes, wire fraud and conspiracy to travel.
According to sources, the person should plead guilty to conspiracy and be given a penalty similar to that offered to former assistant coaches – with a recommended sentence of approximately 24 to 30 months in prison – in a separate criminal case involving bribery in university basketball.
The co-accused of this person, the former NBA referee and bespoke scorer Rashan Michel of Atlanta, must still be tried in New York in June.
Former Auburn and NBA player and assistant coach of his alma mater from 2014 to 2017, he is accused of having solicited and accepted at least $ 91,500 from Louis Martin Blazer III, former financial advisor, who worked as a witness collaborator of the FBI. in his investigation of corruption in university basketball.
One person is also accused of helping to facilitate the money to the families of the players. The government claims to have provided $ 11,000 to the family of one player and $ 7,500 to that of another player.
Michel is accused of having negotiated the relationship between Blazer and Person, as well as having received tens of thousands of Blazer dollars to present to Person and other university coaches. .
Auburn players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy were declared ineligible for the 2017-18 season after self-reported violations by the university involving recruitment, additional benefits and agents. Purifoy was also suspended for 30% of the 2018-19 season and did not participate in the first nine games of the Tigers this season.
Offline journalist Paula Lavigne contributed to this report.