Friday, July 14, 2006

Track Coach Convicted of Fraud for Misusing Student Aid Money

Lance Brauman, most recently an assistant track coach at the University of Arkansas, was convicted on five counts, including three counts of mail fraud, related to a scheme to give student-athletes college work-study and campus employment funds when they did no work.  Brauman was the track coach at Barton County Community College in Kansas, and was one of seven coaches, along with the athletic director at the school, charged in the case, and is the first one to go to trial.  Six coaches, including five from the basketball program, entered guilty pleas.  Brauman's attorney stated after trial that his client was being held accountable for practices at the school that had been going on for years before he arrived.  Brauman was acquitted of three mail fraud counts related to allegedly falsified transcripts for student-athletes sent to a four-year university, a charge that has been prosecuted successfully in other college athletics cases.  An AP story (here) discusses the conviction. (ph)

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