State agents raid 2 homes of former NC State player
Posted March 16, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — A former football player at North Carolina State University could face trouble from both state and federal authorities after a raid Wednesday on his two North Raleigh homes.
After his days as a wide receiver and running back for the Wolfpack in the late 1990s, university leaders distanced themselves from Eric Leak because of suspicions that he was interfering with current players.
On Wednesday morning, agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and the Secretary of State's Office, some in bullet-proof vests, converged on Leak's two homes, carrying out at least four computer hard drives. On Stone Kirk Drive, Leak paced on the front lawn, talking on his cellphone.
Authorities would not say what they were looking for, but the Secretary of State's Office has been conducting a years-long crackdown on agents who operate in the state and illegally contact student-athletes. Leak has never registered as a sports agent in North Carolina, but he founded Hot Shot Sports Management to assist and represent athletes.
Wednesday's raids are not Leak's first encounter with law enforcement. Last year, he was the subject of a federal warrant from the Internal Revenue Service that cited potential Medicaid fraud and suspicious money transfers.
Leak once owned a behavioral health counseling business known as Nature's Reflections. According to the warrant, employees claimed Leak told them to "write service notes for services not rendered." Nature's Reflections billed Medicaid for $8.7 million between 2012 and 2014, more than any other counseling agency of its kind in the state. At that time, federal investigators seized a high-end sports car that Leak helped purchase for State basketball player C.J. Leslie. Agents said the down payment for the car came from the counseling business.
The presence of state agents on Wednesday indicates that this raid is not connected to the federal Medicaid fraud investigation.
In an interview in 2013, Leak defended his business practices and his relationships with Wolfpack athletes. He declined any comment on Wednesday.