Marion Jones' former coach indicted
in Balco investigation
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
November 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Federal prosecutors announced today
that an Olympic track and field coach has been indicted on charges
of lying to Internal Revenue Service agents in connection with
the BALCO investigation.
North Carolina-based coach Trevor Graham was indicted on three
counts of making false statements to federal authorities during
a June 2004 meeting at his attorney's office.
"The charges allege that Graham intentionally lied to IRS-CI
agents who were pursuing the original source of the illegal performance-enhancing
drugs taken by many of the athletes tied to BALCO,'' the Burlingame-based
Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, U.S.
Attorney Kevin Ryan said in a statement. "Today's charges
demonstrate this office's ongoing commitment to investigate and
prosecute not only those involved in the illegal doping of our
nation's athletes, but also those who lie to federal agents involved
in a criminal investigation. As made clear today, intentionally
making false statements to federal agents in the course of a criminal
investigation is a serious federal felony.''
In 2000 Graham coached Marion Jones to five medals, including
three golds, at the Sydney Olympics. He also coached her former
boyfriend, former world-record sprinter Tim Montgomery, who was
later suspended from competition for two years and stripped of
his world record in the 100-meter dash. At least 10 athletes connected
with Graham have been suspended or investigated for using performance-enhancing
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