Ex-Kentucky Basketball Director Leon Smith Indicted For Fraud

Former Kentucky Wildcats basketball director Leon Smith has been indicted by the grand jury, and faces a slew of serious charges.

Smith faces up to 30 years in prison if he is found guilty of the numerous charges being brought against him. According to a report that first appeared with Yahoo Sports, Smith defrauded his clients out of nearly $1.3 million dollars.

Those he is accused of defrauding are professional athletes, and he faces charges for aggravated identity theft and money laundering connected to the fraud.

Though they are only identified by their initials in the report, indications suggest that the players are Shelvin Mack, Darius Miller and Josh Harrellson. Mack is currently playing for the Utah Jazz, while Miller and Harrellson are no longer with the NBA.

In addition to facing time in prison, if Smith is found guilty, he will be forced to repay the sum of $1.298 million to the players he defrauded.

For Kentucky, it leaves a bitter taste in their mouth, as Smith has held a number of roles within the university. His most notable, and prestigious title was that of Director of Basketball Operations, which he held from 2001-2006.

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Michael NapolesCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a New York city based stand-up comedian. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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