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Player's license plates linked to incarcerated dealer

Posted June 17, 2011
Updated June 20, 2011

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— Several license plate numbers provided on a list of former and current UNC football players' parking tickets between March 2007 and August 2010 are linked to a car dealer currently serving time in a federal prison for money laundering. The list was among thousands of documents released Thursday as part of a public records request.

The parking tickets were issued to 12 players and 28 separate license plates.

In the university's database of parking tickets, the citations analyzed trace back to six accounts. Five of those accounts involve multiple plates.

One account, traced back to former UNC wide receiver Greg Little, has seven different tags.

The records show a vehicle registered to the Little family was cited using four different tags only one of which is a valid plate for the vehicle. 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.

Although by law dealers cannot issue temporary tags to the same vehicle for consecutive months, the parking records show Little's vehicle bore temporary tags 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.

UNC football helmet Hartness: License plates linked to incarcerated dealer

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

Between March 9 and April 29, 2009 Little's Dodge was issued 16 parking violations under three separate license plates. The car was cited three days in a row from March 30 to April 2, and each time had a different plate. On April 13, the car was cited twice, with two different plate numbers.

Little's father told WRAL News Thursday there is no reason the car should have had multiple plates.

The other car with a temporary tag had no such discrepancies. A temporary tag issued by a Fayetteville dealership for a 2005 gray Nissan Altima was found to be valid. The parking citations associated with this account, six citations for $185, are paid in full.

University officials said Wednesday they checked all the vehicles as part of an internal investigation and found all were registered to the student, family members, or another student and the reason multiple tags appear in each account is because tickets are issued to vehicles, not people - meaning some players were driving multiple cars during the time frame studied -- March 2007 through August 2010.

Other traffic violations

Another former player, Marvin Austin, was pulled over driving a car that bore a license plate which was registered to another car, one owned by teammate Johnny White.

Records show Austin told the officer he bought the car eight months ago and was still waiting on a plate.

North Carolina Court of Appeals ordered the university to release the parking tickets records to the media as part of the public records request made by WRAL and other media outlets into the school and NCAA investigation into the football program. 

The NCAA has informed the school that it plans to complete its investigation this month.

In all, 14 players missed at least one game in 2010 due to the probe with seven being ruled out for the entire year. An eighth was cleared to return at midseason but decided to redshirt.

 

 
 
 
 
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  • tmccandies Jun 20, 6:33 p.m.

    So WRAL is just flat out took out my comment huh? Again, WRAL is making a killing off of you ABCers, I'd make more of a stink about it BUT, I find it entertaining.

  • raybachmann Jun 20, 6:33 p.m.

    Appreciate all of this "OLD" news N & O.

    Seems the more publicity given to this story-----the stronger UNC's recruiting becomes. Just keep up with the "OLD" news and the Tar Heels will be in the Top 10 sooner than later.

  • tmccandies Jun 20, 6:32 p.m.

    You Holes that are in complete and utter denial DO REALIZE that your denials don't change a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    and you ABCers haven't realized that just because you hope it's true doesn't make it so.

  • ger Jun 20, 5:51 p.m.

    this is silly. who in college didnt try to get over.

  • gaineycarlton Jun 19, 8:00 p.m.

    well.. all funnies aside, this is a big mess unc has to deal with.. i don't feel sorry for them or any institution in this situation.. there is ample resources to facilitate the proper structure to prevent these types of things from happening AND make a enjoyable athletics atmosphere.

  • thesumerlins Jun 19, 10:06 a.m.

    THIS IS REAL BAD, SO BAD YOU CAN'T IMAGINE.

    — Posted by jdupree

    I don't know...I can imagine some pretty bad stuff. For example, a carolina blue mushroom cloud... View More

    — Posted by dmbeauch

    Just bought enough popcorn for a while!! June might be a good months!

    — Posted by NCSU84

    Yep, after bashing NCSU and East Carolina all these years about how bad they are and how 'pristene and wonderful' unc-ch is to everyone ... their Ivory Tower is collapsing at their feet. And those phone records will just continue to provide a bigger view as well. Cant wait for basketball and baseball to get attached with a tutor/ticket/car-gate issue too @!!!@@

  • thesumerlins Jun 19, 10:02 a.m.

    Let me see if I can clear this up. This story is NOT about players parking badly. This story... View More

    — Posted by anti-Hans

    Good luck in court with that

    — Posted by randrmomanddad

    Court is not the worry for unc-ch here. Rather, the NCAA sanctions, probations, and lost revenues. Even more, the lingering wonder of if this event trickles into the basketball and baseball programs! That will be huge! And with Greg Little being a member of the basketball team, the reach is not the hard to tag together.

  • bbcoach9596 Jun 19, 9:40 a.m.

    Lets go ck all thoses tickets over at the cow collage & dook.Bet there are even more tickets over there ot these 2 step kids schools.

  • Objective Scientist Jun 18, 9:56 p.m.

    OK... going to "kick back" on the beach all next week and use those beach towels pskunk119 found at the WalMart in Sanford - assuming he was able to get the dozen I asked him to get for me... but only if he was able to get the UNC ones - I just can't use the Ohio State ones, way too much red in those for my taste.

    May or may not do any "posting" from the sand, certainly not very much. Hope UNC still has a football program when I get back. One parting thought as I continued to "mull this over" today. I surely hope that UNC football denies Greg Little, as well as several others, from having "free rein" in the UNC football facilities whenever he/they want to return for a "visit" or to workout. Can't believe that Austin and Little and others were allowed to use the UNC facilities after the damage they did last season. I don't truly expect them to be "banished" b/c I believe the "powers that be" will find some logic, some rationale, to justify allowing them to return and use the UNC facilities. I'm saying "up front" that "I ain't buying it" - whatever their "logic/justification" may be. It makes NO sense to me to allow Little, Austin, and others to return and be associated with the program and use the facilities as if they had left on "good terms". The "terms" are "anything but good" in my opinion. All in all... my "summation" is that there must be a true "cultural change" in the UNC football program. We MUST recruit "character" in our athletes even more than athletic talent. I - for one - never want to win if the key players enabling us to win are basically the likes of Little, Austin, etc. I'll gladly take whatever wins the likes of Yates, Pianalto, Taylor, Barnham, Elleby can give us... even if the wins are not enough for a bowl or even a "winning season". Last season was a disaster in many ways with all that went on... but it would have been a disaster many times over if it were not for those guys.

  • gaineycarlton Jun 18, 9:33 p.m.

    Several posters... those who like to wear red, have repeatedly referred to one group of UNC fans... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    while you make a good point.. there is a noticeable difference b/t a NC STATE fan and a UNC fan... View More

    — Posted by gaineycarlton

    Gainey... good response and you make some good and accurate statements. I also recognize and... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    actually.. i love it when they call me big poppa! it doesn't bother me, just highlights one's ignorance. but, that is a typical repsonse that one might hear from a walmart university fan.. there's always bad with the good!!

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