Shapiro attorney Maria Elena Perez faces scrutiny from federal judge

, The Associated Press


Maria Elena Perez
Maria Elena Perez

An attorney who represents the convicted felon at the center of the Miami athletics scandal is facing additional scrutiny, with a federal judge asking if her relationship with the NCAA was unethical.

Maria Elena Perez's actions will be reviewed and she may face discipline, according to an order signed this week by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

At issue, Moreno wrote, is whether Perez acted unethically in taking money from the NCAA for work — specifically, three depositions — done as part of Nevin Shapiro's bankruptcy case.

Shapiro is the convicted Ponzi scheme architect who gave dozens of Hurricane athletes and recruits impermissible benefits for nearly a decade, and his actions eventually led to a long investigation of the Miami athletic department. The NCAA accused Miami of lacking institutional control when it filed allegations against the Hurricanes last month, and one of the cited reasons was that the Hurricanes failed to properly monitor and control Shapiro.

Perez is also the subject of a Florida Bar probe, related to her work with the NCAA.

Perez declined comment Friday, though has said on numerous occasions in recent weeks that she did nothing wrong by using subpoena power to depose witnesses as part of Shapiro's bankruptcy case.

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