Fmr NC State player gets 3 years in prison

August 11, 2010 5:55:43 AM PDT
Federal authorities say a former NC State basketball player and financial adviser has been sentenced to three years in prison for taking millions from an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease.

U.S. Attorney George Holding announced Wednesday that 66-year-old Harold Blondeau of Raleigh was also ordered to pay nearly $425,700 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, the victim, her trusts, and the charity founded with her money.

Blondeau pleaded guilty last year to investment adviser fraud and tax fraud, for not reporting or paying taxes on the illegal income. He admitted taking nearly $3 million from a then-83-year-old Raleigh woman.

Prosecutors say Blondeau bought a beach house, a wine collection and paid down his mortgage line of credit with her money.

He played for NC State in the 1960s.

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