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Four sports agents charged with signing former...

Four sports agents charged with signing former University of Florida athletes to secret contracts also have been accused of withholding tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service and failing to provide accurate information to the U.S. Department of Education.

Agents Gerald Gratenstein, Gregory Latimer, John Kasbar and Glenn Haft are scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges they defrauded Florida and two smaller schools with secret payments to basketball player Vernon Maxwell and five football players who played all or part of their college careers with the Gators.

The government contends those secret payments voided the athletes’ amateur eligibility, and because the agents helped hide the payments from university officials, they defrauded the university of scholarship money the athletes never should have received.


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