MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A man convicted of being involved in an illegal check-cashing scheme will not receive a new trial despite the claims of perjury from Nevin Shapiro, who was a witness in the case.
Shapiro is best known for being the disgraced and convicted Ponzi schemer who implicated the University of Miami in countless violations of NCAA rules.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard ruled against imprisoned La Bamba check-cashing owner Juan Rene Cano. Nevin Shapiro had written the judge admitting he committed perjury while testifying during Cano’s trial. Cano’s lawyer says that raised questions about whether Cano received a fair trial.
Cano is serving an 18-year prison sentence for failure to properly report $132 million in transactions.
Shapiro is also in prison, serving a 20-year sentence for his $930 million scam involving a grocery brokerage business.
The NCAA is investigating Shapiro’s claims he gave impermissible benefits to Miami athletes. The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions will make a ruling on the claims later this year.
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