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Jury to Deliberate a Third Day in Jim Donnan Trial

The former UGA football coach is standing trial on federal fraud charges for scamming investors out of millions in a Ponzi scheme.

Jim Donnan, Ga., Trial
Jim Donnan, Ga., Trial

The federal fraud trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan will have a third day of jury deliberations.

The jury was granted a request to be dismissed for the day Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The jury, which has been deliberating for 9 hours since Wednesday, will re-convene Friday morning at U.S. District Court in Athens. They were seeking more evidence information.

Donnan, Georgia’s head coach from 1996-2000, is facing 41 criminal counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. If convicted, Donnan, 69, faces a lengthy sentence.

Donnan and Ohio businessman Gregory Crabtree were accused of conspiring to scam investors, many of who are Athens residents or prominent sports figures, out of $80 million. Crabtree pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Donnan pleaded not guilty, saying he did not mean to intentionally mislead investors.

Prosecutors allege Donnan and Crabtree operated a scheme through a closeout-merchandise company called GLC Limited and used money from new investors to pay bills and some investors.

The indictment said investors were not given much information on the company, nor updated on financial problems GLC was having.

GLC filed for bankruptcy in 2011, as did Donnan.

Read more on the trial here

Lone Stranger May 15, 2014 at 06:29 PM
I cant believe an ex UGA coach could get convicted of anything in Athens GA. Bet he walks or just gets a slap on the wrist.
Lone Stranger May 16, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Well let me be the first to report that Jim was acquitted of all charges. Just like I said above, this could have been won by a freshman prelaw student.

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