Search warrants in UNC football case remain sealed

January 24, 2013 9:29:17 AM PST
A Wake County Superior Court Judge has sealed search warrants for an additional 45 days in the investigation of agent-related activity surrounding the UNC football program. When the documents are released, new details may be revealed. North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall opened the investigation in July 2010 after the UNC scandal was uncovered. Marshall has taken no action against any agents, but insists the investigation is active.

According to court documents, "the affidavit attached to this search warrant includes information that has not previously been made public and to publically disclose the information might hamper or impede this investigation and/or may release information that could adversely affect persons who are not charged with committing a crime."

The Secretary of State Investigation is focused on the state's Uniform Athlete Agent Act which requires agents to register with the Secretary of State's office.  It prohibits agents from providing anything of value to athletes before they sign a contract, and from falsely representing athletes and their families.

In March 2012, the NCAA delivered formal sanctions against the University of North Carolina due in part to the action of agents and people connected to them who provided benefits to Tar Heel players.  The NCAA detailed hotels, trips, cash and jewelry that were provided to the players in violation of NCAA Rules.

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