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Oklahoma sports agent gets prison for misusing charity funds

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - January 12, 2018 12:52 pm

Sports marketing agent Bill Horn, left, talks with Tommie Harris at the Tommie Harris Celebrity Golf Tournament in Norman in 2008.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma sports marketing agent has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay nearly $698,000 in restitution for misusing charity funds.

The Oklahoman reports that 59-year-old Bill Horn was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to two felony tax charges in September. The Edmond resident was given a 15-month sentence.

Horn founded a charity in 2006 for his client, Tommie Harris, a defensive tackle at the University of Oklahoma who went on to play for the Chicago Bears.

Prosecutors allege that Horn helped The Tommie Harris Foundation raise more than $1.8 million over six years, but used the charity’s money and credit cards for personal purposes.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Brown says an investigation determined that only about $200,000 were allocated to legitimate organizations.

Horn apologized at the sentencing.

 

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