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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Kansas JUCO coach faces added fraud charge

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posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 10:32 PM
WICHITA, Kan. -- Federal prosecutors have filed another charge against former Barton County Community College men's basketball coach Ryan Wolf.

In a superseding grand jury indictment filed Tuesday, Wolf is accused of defrauding the University of Louisville, by making it appear that former Barton County player Nouha Diakite was eligible to play for an NCAA Division I school when he wasn't.

Wolf now faces 37 charges of fraud, theft and embezzlement relating to his actions while coaching and teaching at Barton County.

If convicted, he also faces a 38th count requiring him to pay back $89,615 of federal works funds awarded to his former players for work they allegedly did not do. His trial date has been set for April 5, and a pretrial motions hearing is scheduled for March 28.

Wolf pleaded not guilty to all counts against him Jan. 6, but has yet to enter a plea to the new charge.

According to the indictment, Wolf provided the Barton County registrar's office with a certificate that falsely indicated Diakite had earned the equivalent of a high school diploma. That document allowed Diakite, who earned an associate of general studies degree, to graduate from BCCC and become eligible to play basketball at Louisville.

The charge is similar to a previous accusation that Wolf supplied a certificate indicating that former Barton County player Eric Washington, who played for San Jose State, had earned the equivalent of a high school diploma, when he had no such degree.

Students at Barton County must earn a high school diploma or the equivalent of one to graduate but can enroll in classes or meet eligibility requirements to compete in junior college athletics without one.

Diakite played at Barton County from 2001 to 2003 before moving to play at Louisville. He played 19 games last season for Louisville before leaving the team in early March 2004 to pursue a professional basketball career in France, according to the university.



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