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Former Kentucky basketball director indicted on fraud charges

Former Kentucky basketball director indicted on fraud charges
Published On: Tue, May 09
Dec 7, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Trey Lyles (41) shoots the ball against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in the second half at Rupp Arena. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 82-49. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Former University of Kentucky assistant athletic director Leon A. Smith was indicted by a federal grand jury last week for defrauding professional athletes of more than $1.2 million.

Smith, a Louisville native who played football for UK in the mid-1990s, served as director of men's basketball operations and was an assistant athletic director from 2006-09, faces felony charges of fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

If found guilty of all charges, Smith could face more than 30 years in prison.

A UK spokesman said the university "will not be commenting on this ongoing legal matter."

Smith offered a variety of services to professional athletes through businesses he owned and operated, including Legacy Pro Management Group LLC, LSMG LLC and Legacy Athlete Management LLC, according to the indictment.

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