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Former Georgia Football Coach Donnan Charged In Ponzi Scheme

Former Georgia head football coach Jim Donnan and a business partner were charged by the Securities & Exchange Commission with fraudulently raising $80 million from about 100 investors between 2007 and 2010 in a Ponzi scheme targeting college coaches, former players and others.

A ponzi scheme is perpetuated by using money raised from investors to pay "returns" to other investors giving the appearance of a successful and ongoing business. In most ponzi schemes there is little or no real business being conducted by the promoter, who as you may have guessed, funnels off a portion, if not most, of the money for himself.

In Donnan's scheme, according the SEC, investors were told that their investment dollars were being used to purchase leftover merchandise from major retailers which was to be sold to discount vendors. Investors were promised inordinately high potential returns of over 300%. Donnan capitalized on his notoriety as Georgia's head coach, and later as an ESPN announcer to gather investors. Donnan is in bankruptcy and investors are fighting over what is left.

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