No New Trial Despite UM Booster Nevin Shapiro's Perjury Claim

Man convicted in check-cashing scheme won't get new trial

Friday, Jul 12, 2013  |  Updated 9:12 AM EDT
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Shapiro's Attorney Defends Role in NCAA Probe of UM

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Info From Wrongfully Obtained Depositions Not Being Used: NCAA President

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that information from depositions wrongfully obtained by his investigators in his organization s probe of UM is now useless. The NCAA's findings show enforcement staffers knowingly circumvented legal advice to engage the criminal defense attorney of convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, and violated internal policy on using outside attorneys. Shapiro's attorney, Maria Elena Perez, told NBC 6 that she didn't violate the law and did nothing wrong.

Shapiro's Attorney Defends Role in NCAA Probe of UM

Maria Elena Perez defended her involvement in the NCAA investigation of UM in an interview with NBC 6 Wednesday. Perez, who was paid by the NCAA to use her subpoena power to depose witnesses under the guise of a bankruptcy case, said she believes the NCAA's wrongful conduct was imputed to her. "I think I have more than enough information and evidence to show that I was led down the primrose path. No one ever told me, we've had a problem," she said.
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A South Florida man convicted in an illegal check-cashing scheme won't get a new trial despite claims of perjury from a key figure in the NCAA investigation of the University of Miami.
 
U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard ruled against imprisoned La Bamba check-cashing owner Juan Rene Cano. Nevin Shapiro had written the judge admitting he committed perjury while testifying during Cano's trial. Cano's lawyer says that raised questions about whether Cano received a fair trial.
 
Cano is serving an 18-year prison sentence for failure to properly report $132 million in transactions.
 
Shapiro is also in prison, serving a 20-year sentence for his $930 million scam involving a grocery brokerage business.
 
The NCAA is investigating Shapiro's claims he gave impermissible benefits to Miami athletes.

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