Former-UVA Basketball Star Victim of Alleged Fraud Scheme
A former University of Virginia basketball standout is the apparent victim in a federal fraud scheme. The man charged with bilking the now professional player out of hundreds of thousands of dollars is his own godfather.
This indictment by a federal grand jury in Charlottesville only names the victim as TW, but we have confirmed through sources that TW is former Cavalier star and ACC legend Travis Watson.
Watson, number 35, blocked shots and racked up rebounds on the UVA basketball court. He then turned pro in Europe. Now, he's the alleged victim of a wire fraud case traveling through federal court.
A three page federal indictment alleges Thomas Patric Boggs schemed to defraud his godson and stole $350,000. Eight wire fraud counts track money transfers from Lithuania and Texas to Virginia from November of 2009 to September 2011.
"During that time, Watson was playing professional Euroleague ball for a team in Lithuania. The indictment says Boggs promised to invest his victim's money - abbreviated to the letters TW - in a hedge fund.
Instead, Boggs allegedly shot that money on his own personal expenses - including food, clothes, gifts, and travel.
We called Watson to ask him about all of this. A woman identifying herself as his mother answered the phone and told us she could not comment on the pending legal matter. She says Watson left Friday morning for a trip to Italy.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Boggs has not been arrested. He's scheduled for an initial appearance in federal court in Lynchburg on July 16.
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