Ex-NBA star dirt on ‘tap’

New York Post - - NEWS - Kaja Whitehouse

The feds tapped two phones be­long­ing to ex-NBA star Chuck “The Ri­fle­man” Con­nors Per­son while in­ves­ti­gat­ing him in one of the big­gest cor­rup­tion scan­dals to rock col­lege sports, it emerged Tues­day.

The FBI tapped one of Per­son’s phones for three months and an­other for one month, Man­hat­tan fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor Robert Boone told Judge Loretta Preska. In all, the feds have 16 hours of “per­ti­nent” calls from two of Per­son’s phones, Boone told Preska.

Per­son, a for­mer Auburn Univer­sity as­sis­tant bas­ket­ball coach, is one of four NCAA coaches ac­cused in a wide­spread scheme to steer play­ers into some­times ques­tion­able busi­ness con­tracts in ex­change for bribes from man­agers, fi­nan­cial ad­vis­ers and sports­wear ex­ecs and rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Per­son al­legedly pock­eted $91,500 from the gov­ern­ment’s co­op­er­at­ing wit­ness, crooked in­vest­ment ad­viser Louis Martin Blazer III, in ex­change for push­ing play­ers to Blazer as clients.

Per­son has pleaded not guilty.

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