Man sentenced for defrauding former U.Va. athlete

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A former AAU basketball coach has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for defrauding a former University of Virginia basketball player.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says 60-year-old Thomas Patric Boggs of Brookneal was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Lynchburg. Boggs pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December.

According to prosecutors, Boggs became Travis Watson's mentor after the pair met when Watson was a high school freshman in Texas. Watson played for Virginia from 1999 to 2003.

Boggs offered to invest a portion of Watson's earnings from playing professionally overseas. Between 2009 and 2011, Watson wired $358,000 to accounts controlled by Boggs, who admitted using nearly all of the money to pay personal expenses for himself and his relatives.

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