Former UK basketball player faces federal charges

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – A former University of Kentucky basketball player has been indicted on federal charges for failing to report income while he was playing overseas.


A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an 11-count indictment against Randolph Morris, 35, alleging wire fraud and with making false statements on his federal tax returns, while playing in the Chinese Basketball Association between 2010 and 2017.


According to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Morris earned $13 million during that time.


The wire fraud counts allege that Morris submitted false income information to the Kentucky Department of Revenue, for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 tax years, while he was playing for the Beijing Ducks.  The alleged failure to report any of his earnings from his Chinese team during those years, deprived the state of Kentucky of more than $400,000 in tax revenue, according to the indictment. 


The remaining eight counts allege that he failed to report his earnings from the Beijing Ducks on his federal 1040 and 1040A forms, for the years 2010 through 2017.


Morris faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each of the three wire fraud counts.  For the counts of making false statements on tax returns, he faces a maximum prison sentence of three years.  However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by the Court, after its consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal sentencing statutes.


Morris played at UK from 2004 to 2007, before entering the National Basketball Association, where he played until 2010, before continuing his career in China.


He is scheduled to appear at U.S. District Court in Lexington on Monday at 2 p.m. 

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