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Wilson Wins $450,000 Judgment

February 2, 2001

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Ex-New York Met outfielder Mookie Wilson has won a $450,000 judgment against two men who also have been indicted on allegations they defrauded athletes.

Wilson won his lawsuit on Tuesday against James E. Brown and Marion Darnell Jones, the principles in Columbia-based Summit Management Group Ltd. They were indicted earlier this month on federal charges of mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering along with two other men and have pleaded innocent.

Wilson said he took out $280,000 in loans in 1997 and gave the pair the money, but then they did not make the promised monthly payments. Earlier loans of $50,000 and $100,000 were repaid, said Wilson’s lawyer, Craig Kelley.

``They baited him,″ the lawyer said.

Wilson’s lawsuit said Brown and Jones approached him in 1996 about becoming involved in Summit and alleged they wanted him because of his standing in the black community.

He also alleged that Brown and Jones used his credit card for personal use without making payments, did not pay off the loans on his house and did not collect money from his rental properties as they were supposed to.

Wilson, currently a Mets coach, also said Brown and Jones got him to co-sign leases on two 1996 Lexus cars for their personal and business use.

A judge awarded Wilson $360,000 for money lost, $50,000 for punitive damages and $40,000 for lawyer’s fees.

Kelley doubted the athlete would ever see much of that.

``I figure if the FBI can’t find it, nobody can find it,″ Kelley said.

Wilson’s stepson, Florida Marlins outfielder Preston, also has sued Summit, along with several other athletes who were clients.

Among Summit’s most prominent clients were Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis, Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter and Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson.

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