Lawyer says NCAA investigating claims current or former University of Miami Hurricanes got gifts

MIAMI (AP) -- An attorney says NCAA investigators are visiting the University of Miami campus looking into claims that more than a dozen former or current players received gifts and services from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro.

His attorney, Maria Elena Perez, says Shapiro has told the NCAA he provided players with the use of a yacht and other favors. Shapiro and Perez have been talking with the NCAA about the matter for a couple of months, and she says investigators were on campus Monday.

University officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The 42-year-old Shapiro was sentenced in June by a New Jersey federal judge to 20 years in prison for his role in an investment fraud scheme.

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