Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person was released on bond and had to surrender his passport following an initial hearing in federal court in New York on Tuesday, during which a preliminary hearing was scheduled for next month.
Person, who was arrested last month on six federal charges of bribery, fraud and conspiracy, was was released on $100,000 bond and ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker to relinquish his passport and to remain in his home area or the New York area unless receiving prior permission to travel.
Person, who Auburn suspended without pay, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 9. He declined comment to the Associated Press as he left the federal court in the Southern District of New York.
He was among five of 10 people facing charges following a three-year joint investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office to appear i
He is accused of taking $91,500 in bribes from former Pittsburgh-based financial advisor and federal cooperating witness Marty Blazer and agreeing to use his influence to steer players to retain the services of Blazer and Atlanta-based custom suit maker Rashan Michel, who is a co-defendant.
The federal complaint stated Person admitted to giving a total of $18,500 to the mothers of two of Auburn's players, who the school has not identified publicly.
If found guilty, Person could face a maximum of 80 years in prison.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCrepea....Read more