Man accused of swindling money from parents of student-athletes

Man accused of swindling money from parents of student-athletes

CHARLOTTE — Some parents would do anything to advocate for their student-athletes and to protect them from the dangers of concussions, but a federal document shows that a man is accused of preying on those concerns for profit.

James Norris started a company called New Jersey Medical Group and according to its website, the NFL backs the business and is top partners with Rutgers University and professional sports teams.

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He is accused of targeting victims in Charlotte and Mooresville as part of the scheme to make money, according to federal court papers.

Norris claimed the New Jersey Medical Group would be involved with sports medicine workshops and camps for elite student-athletes, who are heading to college.

Federal officials said the claims the website boasts were false.

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Norris is accused of convincing people to invest in the sports medicine group. He would ask for $7,500 at a time with a promise of a $130,000 payback at the end of the year.

Norris was the only one to make money by keeping $135,000 for himself, according to court documents.

The website is full of incomplete content and grammatical and misspellings.

Norris is facing federal fraud charges and a grand jury pushed for him to forfeit the $135,000 he pocketed.

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