Former FAMU Track Coach Cleared in Fraud Case

11.9.09 3:45pm

Assistant State Attorney Neill Wade announced today that unemployment compensation fraud charges against former FAMU track coach Walter McCoy have been dropped.

McCoy was hired as FAMU's track coach back in August and resigned just days later due to the accusations.

McCoy was accused of accepting $1375 in unemployment compensation from the State of Florida back in 2006 at the same time he was being paid as the track coach at Leon High School.

Arrest papers say McCoy was contacted by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation in August 2007 and informed of the overpayments. Arrest papers say he made two payments of 50 dollars each soon afterward, but did not continue to repay the money.

Wade says he decided to drop the charges after Leon High Principal Rocky Hanna wrote a letter explaining that McCoy worked for the weeks in question, but was not paid until October, when his professional certification was issued. "During this time frame, there was confusion and delay regarding Mr. McCoy's employment status at Leon," Hanna wrote.

Wade says McCoy has since repaid the $1275 in question.

McCoy's attorney, Tim Jansen, claimed all along that it was a miscommunication and paperwork snafu. He's hopeful that McCoy will now get his job back at FAMU.

"McCoy is an olympic athlete and gold medalist with lots of experience on the track. He'd be a great asset to Floirda A&M," Jansen said.

We are awaiting a decision from FAMU on whether McCoy will be reinstated to his coaching position with the Rattlers.

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