When it comes to college basketball and the federal government these days, it’s all about the investigation into corruption in the sport that has laready led to multiple arrests and convictions out of the Southern District of New York.
There’s an even stranger story between the two institutions colliding in Florida.
Former Penn coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty last October for accepting $18,000 from the father of a recruit who was trying to get his son admitted into the Ivy League school, but it turns out that was just scratching the surface of this sordid tale.
Allen, in testimony in federal court Friday, admitted to receiving approximately $300,000 from the aforementioned father of a recruit which came to light with that man, Philip Esformes, was accused of falsely filing about $450 million of false Medicare and Medicaid claims in Florida, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
That would be the former Penn coach getting caught up – albeit tangentially – in a federal probe of nearly HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in fraudulent claims because the guy the government was after was paying Allen to get his son on the Quakers’ basketball team, according to Allen’s testimony.