Friday-Palooza: Austin travel linked to Wichard through Amis AND two of Little’s plates came from an auto dealer now in Federal Prison

Late this afternoon two major stories broke almost simultaneously.  First, this WRAL piece discusses the financial details surrounding a trip Marvin made to California in 2009 from March 7-14.  The media is obviously digging into those phone records and figuring some things out.  Here is an excerpt that gives you a feel about what went on:

Wichard, Balmer and Austin claimed a coach from Austin’s high school paid for the flights for each trip Austin took to California. The coach, Todd Amis, told investigators that Wichard reimbursed his expenses.

According to the warrant, Amis showed investigators a canceled check from Wichard’s ProTect Management.

Blake’s cellphone records show that he and Amis began exchanging calls on March 3. They spoke four times. In one instance, Blake called Wichard three minutes after he spoke to Amis.

Amis and Blake spoke twice on March 6, for a total of nine minutes the day before Austin traveled to California. On March 11, the two spoke again for 12 minutes during two phone calls.

Wow!  A canceled check!  Love it!  I think the “new news” here is the phone call record that suggests that Blake *could* have known and/or set up the Austin trip financials with Wichard.

This next item will blow your mind.  Again from WRAL, this piece talks about some of the plates on Little’s car:

Parking ticket records associated with the vehicle registered to the Little family has been cited using at least three different tags, and one of the plates doesn’t exist according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The other two plates are 30 day temporary tags issued by dealers when someone buys a car.

Dealers cannot issue temporary tags to the same vehicle for consecutive months but the parking records show tags were issued for the months of March and April 2009.

Both of the 30 day tags trace back to 919 Imports in Durham, according to the DMV.

This auto dealer has since closed and business owner, Shawn E. Brown, is now serving a federal sentence for money laundering.

Little’s father told WRAL Wednesday there is no reason the car should have had multiple plates


I don’t even know what to say anymore.

Stay tuned for updates.

UNC Scandal

64 Responses to Friday-Palooza: Austin travel linked to Wichard through Amis AND two of Little’s plates came from an auto dealer now in Federal Prison

  1. TAEdisonHokie 06/17/2011 at 5:43 PM #

    BOOM!! Love it!!

  2. bTHEredterror 06/17/2011 at 5:49 PM #

    Ferpagate, the gift that keeps on giving! Money laundering=Boosters? More prongs, more prongs!!!

  3. tractor57 06/17/2011 at 5:49 PM #

    as I said months ago – SMU anyone?

  4. EdMar 06/17/2011 at 5:58 PM #

    Who says summer is boring with no college sports! This is great…!

  5. choppack1 06/17/2011 at 5:58 PM #

    UNC won’t get SMU-esque penalties. However, with latest revelations, a post-season ban is appearing more likely.

  6. TAEdisonHokie 06/17/2011 at 6:02 PM #

    Okay…related questions:

    1) What was the car dealer getting in return for the multiple license plates?


    2) Was the car dealer a UNC booster?


    3) What relationship did the car dealer have with any member, or members, of Butch Davis’ staff?

  7. kbrown 06/17/2011 at 6:03 PM #

    What is almost as good as all this new information coming out is to read tweets and comments on WRAL about how the media is out to get Carolina and how there is nothing important about this information. I would be embarrassed to be a UNC fan at this point with some of the delusional comments coming from their fans. How as a logical human being can you think nothing is wrong with what is going on over there, whether a fan or not? Chan. Thorpe is doing nothing which makes it worse. UNCheat “The Carolina Way”

  8. Wolf74 06/17/2011 at 6:04 PM #

    Liars and Cheats! The whole darn lot of them. Just imagine how bad their basketball program cheats. Lets see, they need Barnes to return. He turns down a top 10 draft pick to come back to UNC-CHeats. Must have cost them a pretty penny!

  9. highstick 06/17/2011 at 6:09 PM #

    Went to the Sec of State website and looked up 919 Imports..Ironically Elaine Marshal “pulled the plug” on the LLC for not filing the required reports…Maybe she needs to go visit him??

  10. wufpup76 06/17/2011 at 6:18 PM #

    Possibly the best Friday ever, with respect to Rebecca Black and Dickie Baddour.

    Regardless of what the NCAA does, there ought to be enough political pressure now to ensure something happens on the Hole … Using taxpayer money on appeals in a useless battle with an inevitable conclusion. But I know Erskine & Co. are still playing Rally ‘Round the Hole.

    “Nothing to see here. We are ‘Class’ personified. We have cooperated fully. Over by Friday.”


    I hope the lot of the them get EXACTLY what is coming to them – if not now, then later.

    For some reason, I’m starting to get this warm, fuzzy feeling all over.

  11. tractor57 06/17/2011 at 6:31 PM #

    Chop agreed an SMU like penalty is unlikely but we can hope.

  12. TruthBKnown Returns 06/17/2011 at 6:38 PM #

    Dick Baddour said, “This will be over on Friday.”

    I think he was right. As of today, Friday, I think it might really be over for the Holes.

  13. TAEdisonHokie 06/17/2011 at 6:42 PM #

    The article linked above stated the following: “This auto dealer has since closed and business owner, Shawn E. Brown, is now serving a federal sentence for money laundering.”

    The dealership may have been temporarily closed, but their website indicates that the dealership is definitely open for business:

    Odd…they list an address and phone numbers, but they don’t mention who currently owns and/or manages the dealership.

  14. wolffpride 06/17/2011 at 6:45 PM #

    I can say with complete confidence that I have exactly no clue what to do when it comes to dancing, but after reading this I busted out a two step that would make Usher’s jaw drop. I think I might make a music video, yeah, I like that.

  15. State Fan 06/17/2011 at 7:20 PM #

    It’s Friday, Friday, embarrassing disclosures on Friday! I drive my car. In the handicapped space, or in front of the dumpster, which one do I choose? It’s Friday, Friday, driving the Land Rover on Friday. Should I use Marvin’s plate, or should I use Greg’s plate, which one do I use? Studying, studying. Neah. Partying, partying. Yeah. Cash, tickets, bling, tweets, looking forward to the weekend.

  16. TheAliasTroll 06/17/2011 at 7:29 PM #

    need more sign out sheets

  17. highstick 06/17/2011 at 7:31 PM #

    Hokie, it’s got to be someone else or the website is just screwed up. I checked the Sec of State and the business had been “administratively dissolve” due to failure to file required reports.

    Probably didn’t file tax return and pay franchise fee and “it happens”..

    I saved PDF’s of the Sec of State info. but forgot how to post PDF’s…

  18. highstick 06/17/2011 at 7:37 PM #

    Wulfpup, I totally agree with the basis of what you’re saying, but NC voters have elected idiots, stuck their heads in the sand over UNC, and a lot of other stupid things for a long time. 60 per cent of the voting population of North Carolina are probably Tarhole fans(and 25 per cent don’t know why except they like the color).

    Don’t bank on anything coming out of the political side..If so, I will be freakin’ thrilled with my “State of Birth”

  19. JeremyH 06/17/2011 at 8:00 PM #

    I have to applaud State Fan’s parody attempt, it’s really catchy.

    You know I was pissed off when I visited my hometown and watched my first NC State basketball game in years, and Julius Hodge was kept out of the game…because he was late. But, now, I respect that sort of necessary discipline. It helps reinforce self-discipline and make you better.

    ……What the F has been going on in Chapel Hill? I am shocked at the evidence, and I am shocked at the administration, I mean, if I can still call it an administration. I mean, this whole thing has turned so ugly!

  20. imawolf 06/17/2011 at 8:08 PM #

    What a screwed up university…… Flagship my Foot!

  21. TAEdisonHokie 06/17/2011 at 8:30 PM #

    highstick – It’s possible the 919 Imports dealership has been taken over by another owner, or someone is acting on behalf of the original owner who now resides in the Big House. The NC Secretary of State might want to look into that.

  22. TAEdisonHokie 06/17/2011 at 8:35 PM #

    Now, here’s something interesting…

    Final Face Mob Family Member Sentenced


    “WILMINGTON—United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced JAMAL MONTA WATSON, also known as “Gunna,” 31, from Greensboro, North Carolina, to 188 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release. The Court imposed restitution in the amount of $2,800.

    On March 1, 2009, WATSON pled guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    The investigation, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation (OCDETF) investigation entitled Operation Face Off, centered around a violent Raleigh/Durham-based drug organization responsible for the multi-kilogram distribution of heroin, cocaine, and cocaine base. Drug Enforcement Administration agents utilized a wiretap in the investigation. WATSON was the last of the named defendants in a superseding indictment that charged the leader of the Face Mob Family, Donald Stanton Shealey, and members and associates, Gilbert Ernesto Sherwood, Salahudeen Abdul Abdallah, Khalid Usama Abdallah, Tyrone Ricardo Lawrence, Timothy Lamont Hargrove, Samara Scott, and Leketa Smith with a drug distribution conspiracy, drug distribution, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering crimes. The Government also charged a related defendant, Shawn Brown, with engaging in a money laundering conspiracy with Shealey. WATSON’S role was that of a drug distributor and enforcer.

    The investigation is ongoing. The law enforcement agencies conducted the investigation include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Bureau of Investigation, Raleigh Police Department, and Durham Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael G. James and Denise Walker are the assigned prosecutors.”

  23. Hungwolf 06/17/2011 at 8:59 PM #

    “Davis deserves it more than Tressel” Bleacher Report!
    Good article the davis should be fired.

  24. Gene 06/17/2011 at 9:30 PM #

    “UNC won’t get SMU-esque penalties. However, with latest revelations, a post-season ban is appearing more likely.”

    SMU didn’t get the death penalty, until they kept blowing off the NCAA. They got busted for recruiting violations earlier in the 1980’s, but kept on doing it.

    Other than the football program taking a hit, I don’t see this effecting the rest of the athletics department. There are a couple of successful programs that are basically on auto pilot – women’s soccer and men’s basketball – with or without assistance from an AD, that there probably won’t be a ripple effect across the athletics department.

    Maybe women’s basketball, baseball, and men’s soccer may get hurt a bit with a bad AD, but I doubt it.

    Since football’s a diversion until basketball season begins, I don’t think this will be as problematic for the Tarheels as other football scandals are at other schools. The emotional pain and suffering just won’t be there in the fan base.

    Unless of course there’s a backlash by the professors demanding no more favors for athletes, which one of the e-mails implied does happen.

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