ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The criminal trial is set to begin Tuesday for former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, who's accused of running a pyramid scheme using relationships of trust to lure investors.
A federal indictment charged Donnan and Gregory L. Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. Prosecutors have said the pair ran the scheme through GLC Limited, Inc., a West Virginia-based company that dealt in closeout merchandise.
Authorities have said Donnan convinced high-profile college coaches and former players to invest $80 million in the company. The money from new investors was continually needed to pay the company's expenses and other investors.
Crabtree pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit fraud in the sale of a security.
Donnan has denied intentionally misleading investors.