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Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith says bank account was accessed during NCAA investigation

Monday, May 6, 2013 | 7:01 p.m. CDT; updated 11:18 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 6, 2013
Missouri men's basketball head coach Frank Haith answers questions at a press conference on March 20 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

According to a report at cbssports.com, Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith and his lawyer Michael Bruckner want to know who accessed Haith's bank account in October 2012 and how.

A court petition filed Monday by Bruckner and acquired by CBS Sports says Bank of America allowed unauthorized access to Haith's bank account during the NCAA's investigation of University of Miami athletics and its involvement with convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, a former Hurricanes booster.

Haith coached at Miami before coming to Missouri in 2011.

According to the court petition, in October 2012 the NCAA requested Haith to produce checks that the NCAA said were used to repay a loan from Shapiro. The document says the NCAA theorized the loan was used to pay a potential recruit, something Haith denies.

When Haith asked Bank of America for the checks, the bank said the checks had already been accessed by another unknown party.

Earlier this year, the NCAA sent Haith a notice of allegations for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance. According to the Miami Herald, Haith and the rest of the coaches involved in the Miami investigation will have a chance to defend themselves at a hearing June 16 in Indianapolis. A decision is expected to be reached anywhere from several weeks to several months after the meeting.

Monday's petition says the bank told Haith it would not reveal who breached his account if and when it did discover the party, in an effort to protect the bank. It goes on to say the bank "failed to conduct a thorough investigation of the breach." The petition says Bank of America violated its own policies and federal laws by allowing an unknown party to view Haith's bank account.

Haith and his lawyer are asking a judge to allow them to gather information only about Haith's bank account and are not filing a lawsuit, to avoid conflicts with the pending NCAA proceedings.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.


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