Former Basketball Coach Sentenced for Wire Fraud

Thomas Patric Boggs, a former AAU basketball coach and mentor to a local college basketball star, received a 57 month prison sentence on Tuesday in United States District.  Boggs, 60, must also serve three years of supervised release and pay over $380,000 in restitution for the one count of wire fraud that he pleaded guilty to in December

Boggs admitted to meeting Travis Watson while he was a freshman attending high school in Texas.  The two became close and Boggs’ was able to help Watson attend Oak Hill Academy where he continued developing his basketball skills.  Watson’s basketball career would lead him to play collegiate basketball at the University of Virginia and professionally in Greece.

According to evidence, Boggs approached Watson while he was playing professional basketball in Europe and offered to invest a portion of Watson’ earnings to ensure his financial security after the conclusion his basketball career.  Boggs instructed Watson on how to wire money into two bank accounts and also educated Watson on how he would invest the money. Between 2009 and 2011, Watson wired $357,965 to bank accounts controlled by Boggs.  Nearly all of the money sent by Watson was used to pay the personal expenses of Boggs or pay family members.  Throughout the process Boggs continued to assure Watson that he was making sound investments and that Watson would become a “millionaire.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Giorno and Laura Rottenborn prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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