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Bestselling Learn Guitar on Android! Former Miami booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro has told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 of the university's football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010. His claims involve several current football players and threaten to bring down a program with a legacy dotted by scandals -- but none quite like this. Yahoo! Sports published its story Tuesday afternoon, hours after Miami coach Al Golden said he was certain that his team would "stay focused" amid an NCAA investigation into claims Shapiro first began making about a year ago. Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players. Shapiro also claimed he paid for restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player. In all, Shapiro named 39 Miami players or prospective recruits who he says received prostitution paid for by the booster. "Hell yeah, I recruited a lot of kids for Miami," Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports. "With access to the clubs, access to the strip joints. My house. My boat. We're talking about high school football players. Not anybody can just get into the clubs or strip joints. Who is going to pay for it and make it happen? That was me." A Miami transplant in early childhood from his birthplace of Brooklyn, N.Y., Shapiro, 42, was sentenced in June to 20 years in prison for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, plus ordered to pay more than $82 million in restitution to investors.;_ylt=AmQ3ZEtqQjLAatD4h8vpavU5nYcB?slug=cr-renegade_miami_booster_details_illicit_benefits_081611
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