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LSU Booster Receives 33-Month Federal Prison Sentence

A photo of several LSU football helmets.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 01: Helmets for the LSU Tigers on the field following the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the UCF Knights at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Knights 40-32. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LSU athletics have been at the center of a multitude of controversies this year. Whether it was their expensive new football facilities or basketball coach Will Wade's suspension, there's been quite a bit of drama in Baton Rouge.

But now there's another LSU-adjacent controversy making headlines.

According to ESPN, LSU booster John Paul Funes has been sentenced to 33 months in prison after being convicted of felony wire fraud and money laundering charges.

A Louisiana man who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $500,000 from a hospital foundation and giving some of the stolen money to the parents of two former LSU football players was sentenced to federal prison Thursday.

Tax returns reportedly revealed that a $15,000 grant was given to the LSU-supporting Tiger Boosters Club.

The players whose families reportedly received payments were ex-LSU lineman Vadal Alexander and quarterback Rohan Davey.


Prosecutors alleged Funes approved payments of approximately $180,000 to an individual identified as "Individual C" in the bill of information.

Sources told ESPN that "Individual C" is the father of former LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, who was a four-year starter for the Tigers from 2012 to 2015. His father, James Alexander, is a self-employed entrepreneur in Atlanta.

ESPN also reported that up to $107,000 were sent to a mother and her daughter in Florida - the mother and sister of Davey.

Davey confirmed the reports.

Former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey confirmed to the Baton Rouge Business Report in June that his mother and sister are "Individual A" and "Individual B" in the bill of information.

Alexander played for LSU from 2012 to 2015, earning back-to-back All-SEC selections before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2016.

Davey was a starting quarterback for the Tigers in 2001 under then-head coach Nick Saban. He went on to win two Super Bowls as a backup to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.