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Report: NCAA paid booster's attorney for Miami depositions

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The NCAA vice president of enforcement approved a payment to former Univerity of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro's attorney, in order to obtain information in the NCAA investigation of the school.

CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the vice president, Julie Roe Lach, "discussed and approved the disbursement of at least $20,000" in budgeting to Shapiro's lawyer, Maria Elena Perez, for legal fees and expenses in the fall of 2011.

According to the report, Perez was paid to depose two people connected to Shapiro in a bankruptcy proceeding in Dec., 2011.

The incident was crucial in the NCAA's decision to put case against Miami on hold while it reviewed possible improper conduct within its own organization during its investigation.

The NCAA said in a release last month that former enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Shapiro, a former Miami booster at the center of a 2011 Yahoo Sports report that claimed 72 athletes received extra benefits, to improperly obtain information through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA.

The NCAA has launched its own comprehensive investigation led by Kenneth L. Wainstein, a partner in a New York law firm and a former Homeland Security adviser to Presdident George W. Bush. The review will include the Miami issue and a comprehensive review of the NCAA's overall enforcement practices.

The NCAA announced last month that it will not move forward with a Notice of Allegations against Miami "until all the facts surrounding this issue are known."

Miami already imposed self-imposed sanctions that included a two-year postseason bowl ban for its football program.
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