Former sports agent Dave Lueddeke pleaded guilty Friday to federal ch
CHICAGO (AP) _ Former sports agent Dave Lueddeke pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in an investigation of illegal dealings with athletes before their college eligibility expired.
Prosecutors said Lueddeke, 37, of Los Angeles, lied to a grand jury when he testified in July 1987 about a $5,000 ″loan″ to Ohio State’s Cris Carter in October 1986.
Carter now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lueddeke told U.S. District Judge Ann Williams that he was ″in a state of panic″ during his testimony, in which he denied signing Carter or giving him any money.
″I felt so much guilt and shame,″ he said. ″I thought deniel would wash it away but it never did.″
Williams set sentencing for Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Lueddeke could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
After Lueddeke’s testimony, Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Pearl said he informed the sports agent that the government had documentation of the Carter transaction. Pearl said Lueddeke then tried to doctor Carter’s promissory note.
On Sept. 16, Carter pleaded guilty to mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges.
Two New York-based sports agents, Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom, also were indicted by a federal grand jury here and face trial Feb. 27 on racketeering and extortion charges.
During his appearance before Ms. Williams, Lueddeke said he signed Carter a few days after becoming a sports agent.
″I was in trouble before I opened my door and had stationery,″ he told the judge.