MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Attorneys for the former tutor at the University of Minnesota who revealed academic fraud in the men's basketball program are reportedly seeking immunity for their client.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Thursday that sources with knowledge of the case say Jan Gangelhoff's attorneys have been pressing the Justice Department to grant her immunity in its investigation of the fraud scandal.
The attorneys have reportedly told federal authorities they don't think Gangelhoff, a former office manager in the athletic academic counseling unit, should be prosecuted because she was the whistleblower in the case.
The government, people familiar with the case say, is going forward with its investigation. Attorneys for Gangelhoff and the government have talked in the past, but are not negotiating now.
The Justice Department has been forced to reexamine its strategy since Sept. 25, when U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson threw out a plea agreement between the two sides. He said it was "overly broad."
Gangelhoff said in March of 1999 that she wrote more than 400 pieces of course work for about 20 Gopher basketball players. The news set off investigations by the university, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Justice Department.
Gangelhoff had agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony fraud and testify for the government in any future criminal trials involving the academic misconduct case.
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