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Saints assistant coach pleads guilty in real estate swindle

Lost and forgotten in the wake of the Vicodin-related allegations that engulfed the Saints in late April was a case that first arose in March.

Federal authorities named Saints assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones, who still appears on the team’s official website as the holder of that specific position, in an indictment related to a real estate scam in Texas

At the time, Jones’ lawyer painted the coach as a victim.

Earlier this month, Jones pleaded guilty.

On June 1, Jones signed a “Factual Statement” that included a full confession as to his involvement in the fraudulent financing of two properties.  His role, as admitted by Jones in the document, “was to make materially false statements on Loan Applications and other real estate documents in order to induce lending institutions to lend funds for the purchase of certain properties and to obtain a portion of these funds for personal use.” 

As to one property, Jones claimed he earned $75,000 per month in borrowing more than $920,000.  As to the other property, he again claimed a monthly salary of $75,000 in connection with a loan in the amount of nearly $779,000.

For his role in the scam, Jones was paid $86,225.28 — and the banks lost more than $1.148 million.

On June 23, Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.  He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The transactions occurred before Jones worked for the Saints.  At the time, he was employed by the Dolphins.

Over the weekend, Jones conducted a free youth football camp in Macon, Georgia.  He’s a native of, yes, Milledgeville.

The alleged ringleader, John Barry, has been charged in connection with a total of 114 properties.  Jones’ involvement was limited to the two situations as to which he pleaded guilty.

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18 Responses to “Saints assistant coach pleads guilty in real estate swindle”
  1. Kay Bee says: Jun 29, 2010 1:04 AM

    The transactions occurred before Jones worked for the Saints. At the time, he was employed by the Dolphins.
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    So…the Saints didn’t conduct a background check?

  2. jsbeck says: Jun 29, 2010 1:24 AM

    as a real estate agent….
    this stuff happens all the time.
    multiple times in your own city…

  3. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Jun 29, 2010 1:27 AM

    Wow Florio! You managed to bring up the Dolphins in an article about crime and you DIDN’T cheap shot them! Good job!

  4. troll_aikman8 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:36 AM

    This will somehow lead to Reggie Bush.

  5. Randomjim says: Jun 29, 2010 1:41 AM

    I think the more Aints fans rip on Florio, the harder he looks for negative saints stories. It doesn’t appear he has to look real hard.

  6. Nola5712 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:49 AM

    “The transactions occurred before Jones worked for the Saints. At the time, he was employed by the Dolphins.”
    look at you florio! making sure people know he wasn’t a saint at the time! coming from a viking fan base that is mostly angry, no less. i’m proud of you :D with this and other actually relevant, surprisingly informative, recent articles, i think you’ve been bumped up a few notches on the respect-o-meter. i realize that there are more to vikings fans than the attitude that most haters on this site portray. i can only assume there’s good ones out there. thanks.

  7. clintcooper says: Jun 29, 2010 10:52 AM

    Wow no Vicodin jokes yet. Crykings fans I am so proud of you!

  8. Vee says: Jun 29, 2010 11:02 AM

    So let me get this straight: A low level assistant coach was involved in an illegal Real Estate operation (nothing to do with football) before he worked for the Saints, right?
    But this article is titled, “Saints Assistant Coach pleads guilty to R/E Scam”, and then goes on to somehow tie in Vicoden. What??????
    Just more of the same, by somebody who spends an inordinate amount of their personal and professional time on their bizzare obsession with the New Orleans Saints. This is just plain wierd.
    At least Travis Jones’ response to his own failure in his guilty plea wasn’t, “It’s the referee’s fault!!!”

  9. Boudin says: Jun 29, 2010 11:13 AM

    and this story is further proof that the Vikings should have won the NFCCG…. right, Floria?

  10. Franchise says: Jun 29, 2010 11:20 AM

    As Kay Bee said, no background check on hiring?
    Since they seem not to worry about drug testing either, not a big suprise.
    The Saints will take you in, no matter what legal trouble, drug/roid addiction, or money you took illegally in college problems you have.

  11. Hoagie69 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:46 AM

    @Franchise
    @Kay Bee
    Now I’m not trying to be a total ass but I just get sick of reading ignorant posts from time to time when we could stop and use a little common sense. How can u possibly do a background check on a case that has merely arisen in the past couple of months? You do realize he was considered for the position long before this, or even that background checks only show up for prior convictions when he has not even been convicted yet, as he just offered up his guilty plea earlier this month?

  12. Kay Bee says: Jun 29, 2010 11:47 AM

    Franchise says:
    June 29, 2010 11:20 AM
    As Kay Bee said, no background check on hiring?
    Since they seem not to worry about drug testing either, not a big suprise.
    The Saints will take you in, no matter what legal trouble, drug/roid addiction, or money you took illegally in college problems you have.
    —————————————————————-
    Stop being so bitter, because the Vikings need to clean their own kitchen. I’m a Saints fan, and it was a legitimate question.

  13. robert ethen says: Jun 29, 2010 11:57 AM

    I was expecting something to do with trying to sell property that was below sea level and covered in a toxic oil slick. But this was before he came to New Orleans.

  14. Hoagie69 says: Jun 29, 2010 12:22 PM

    Stop being so ignorant, Saints suck Vikes win the opener 34-14. You only win cuz of bad calls, cheap shots, and terribly stupid turnovers

  15. Mike_Florio says: Jun 29, 2010 12:43 PM

    @Franchise
    @Kay Bee
    I’m not a lawyer, but I play on on TV.
    Let me type slow so you understand.
    Someone must be convicted, and found guilty of a crime, before said crime would appear on a background check.
    If the crime was commited before the 2009 season (Jones was fired by the Dolphins in February of 2009) and Jones just plead guilty on June 23rd, chances are any background check conducted by the Saints at time of employment, would only look in the past, and not report any future crimes.
    Since it appears Jones had not comitted any previous crimes, any conducted background check would have returned clean.
    If either of you, can figure a way to have a background check, report on future crimes, the NFL and NBA would pay a fortune.

  16. purpleguy says: Jun 29, 2010 1:30 PM

    Hey Saints fans, your team beat my Vikes straight up, and the Super Bowl win was deserved, but what the hell is with all this rub it in your face crap? Maybe you ought to pay more attention to the off-season: NCAA sanctions, vicodin issues, real estate scams, tax shelter scams and other criminal crap your team, coaches and players are involved in than worrying about what us folks here at the clean end of the Mississippi think.

  17. EricTheClown says: Jun 29, 2010 1:54 PM

    …clean end of the Mississippi…
    Classic!
    Fla looks like a wang and the river is a poop chute.
    They really are the Taints!

  18. Hoagie69 says: Jun 29, 2010 2:36 PM

    @Mike Florio
    Thank u for atleast one person has their head removed from their “Willie Colon”lol. Maybe there is hope for America, our children, and it’s future.

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