Monday, March 14, 2005
A sports nutritionist hired by Texas Tech University to obtain nutritional supplements for the football team -- and then for athletes in other sports at the school -- received a 33-month term of imprisonment on March 11 for defrauding the University out of almost $500,000. Aaron Shelley was hired to work at Texas Tech in 2000 as the Director of Sports Nutrition -- and you didn't think big time college sports programs cared about their athletes -- and promptly began a scheme to line his pockets. According to a press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock):
During his employment at Texas Tech University, Shelley conspired to and carried out two schemes to defraud Texas Tech University by over-billing the athletic department for nutritional supplements provided to athletes. The first scheme involved Shelley receiving kickback payments from Muscle Tech of Lubbock, a nutritional supplement store located in Lubbock, Texas. The later scheme involved Shelley over-billing through a "shell" corporation, Performance Edge, Inc. The fraudulent, over-billed amounts from both schemes totaled $497,145.19.
That is an awful lot of nutritional supplements, but then this is for a school in the Big 12.(ph)