MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Golden Gophers basketball star Bobby Jackson testified Wednesday in front of a federal grand jury considering criminal charges in the University of Minnesota cheating scandal.
"He is not going to be charged," said Jackson's attorney, Kevin Short. "He is not a target of the grand jury, he is a witness who appeared pursuant to a subpoena." Short said law prohibits him from publicly discussing the content of grand jury proceedings.
Investigators are reportedly considering allegations that Jackson turned in coursework for two correspondence courses that was fraudulently altered and then mailed, which could constitute mail fraud.
Former Gophers men's basketball tutor Jan Gangelhoff was charged with felony fraud on Friday for doing course work for a student-athlete in 1995 so that he could become eligible to play basketball.
The athlete, said to be Jackson, received a federal Pell grant, a form of aid distributed based on need. The federal charge states that the grant was gained illegally because Jackson qualified for it based on work that Gangelhoff fraudulently completed for him.
Gangelhoff, who admits she wrote more than 400 pieces of course work for as many as 20 players, will be arraigned on the charge next Monday and may enter a plea.
Twin Cities media have quoted unnamed sources saying Gangelhoff plans to plead guilty but receive no time in prison in exchange for her testimony against former Gophers basketball coach Clem Haskins and former team counselor Alonzo Newby.
They came under fire after Gangelhoff admitted in March 1999 to the extensive fraud. The university and the NCAA allege that both Haskins and Newby knew about Gangelhoff's work for players.
Gangelhoff's revelation resulted in Haskins' ouster, a reorganization of university athletics administration, and self-imposed sanctions.
Both the NCAA and the federal government are investigating the scandal, and the university is suing Haskins to try to recover part of the $1.5 million it paid him to buy out his contract early.
Jackson led the 1997 Gophers to their only Final Four appearance, played for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves, and now plays for the Sacramento Kings.
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