UPDATE: Charleston man sentenced to federal prison for 'W.Va. Prep Academy' scheme

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UPDATE 4/5/17 @ 10:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to accepting payments for a bogus school to help college-bound athletes compete for basketball and football scholarships was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison.

In January, Daniel Hicks, 43, admitted Wednesday in federal court that he lied to an FBI agent about receiving payments for the "West Virginia Prep Academy."

Hicks was sentenced on the charge of lying to FBI agents, as well as a separate charge of distributing heroin.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/4/17
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who has made headlines for years regarding a school set up to help college-bound athletes compete for basketball and football scholarships faces significant prison time.

Daniel Hicks, 43, admitted Wednesday in federal court that he lied to an FBI agent about receiving payments for the "West Virginia Prep Academy."

Hicks told an officer with the South Charleston Police Department and an FBI Special Agent that he "did not get a dime" from anyone related to the Prep Academy. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Hicks later admitted that he had deposited a check from the mother of a student, the student never attended the academy, and he did not return the money to the woman.

Hicks will be sentenced for this crime, as well as a separate drug crime in April.

According to the news release, Hicks pleaded guilty to a federal heroin crime. Hicks admitted between January and February of 2016 he sold heroin to an informant working with law enforcement.

At an apartment Hicks was renting, investigators found heroin he intended to distribute, nearly $5,000 in cash, three digital scales and three cell phones.

Hicks faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced for both crimes.



 
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