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Agent’s Assistant Gets Probation

June 28, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Indicted sports agent Tank Black’s assistant was sentenced Thursday to five years probation for violating Florida’s player-agent laws.

The probation for Alfred Twitty is part of a plea agreement in the state case against Black and his associates. The probation will run concurrently with the five-year probation he received for similar offenses in a federal case, state attorney Bill Cervone said.

As part of the agreement, Twitty will testify against Black in both the state and federal cases, Cervone said.

Earlier this month, Black was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on a money-laundering charge in a case in Michigan.

In Florida he’ll face federal charges of swindling players of millions of dollars. A hearing in that case is scheduled July 24, and no trial date has been set.

Former University of Florida football stars Jacquez Green, Ike Hilliard and Fred Taylor were among the players claiming they were swindled by Black and his associates.

Twitty earned $72,000 a year, plus a commission, under his three-year contract with Black to recruit college athletes, prosecutors said. He acted as a ``runner″ for Black, for whom he first recruited Gators players in 1996.

He also made monthly cash payments to players for about two years, until 1999, according to court records.

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