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Dallas ISD Athletic Recruiting Records Reveal Fraud, Forgery, Falsified Records



    Forgery, lies and cover up are included in new reports from the investigation of a Dallas Independent School District athletic recruiting scandal that grew under pressure to win. (Published Friday, June 27, 2014)

    The Dallas Independent School District released new reports that show fraud, forgery and falsified documents were part of an athletic recruiting scandal.

    The reports were first obtained by the Dallas Morning News Thursday and provided to Dallas ISD board members.

    The scandal first came to light after the March murder of Wilmer Hutchins High School basketball player Troy Causey at an Oak Cliff house, where he was living.

    That house is miles from the North Dallas home where his family lives in the Richardson Independent School District.

    Superintendent Mike Miles fired 15 employees for improprieties in the scandal earlier this month after warning Dallas ISD athletic staff against recruiting high school athletes in the past.

    The new reports detail the reasons behind the terminations.

    Causey’s mother, Tammy Simpson, said former Wilmer Hutchins basketball coach John Burley recruited Causey while her son was in a youth detention village.

    “If I would allow the coach to have my son to play basketball for him, then he would be more than willing to mentor my son,” Simpson said.

    The new reports include text messages between Simpson and Burley about possible college scholarships for Causey.

    But when Causey was killed, Simpson claims Burley withheld information about Causey’s murder as part of the recruiting cover up.

    “He knew a lot about what happened with the murder of my son and he didn’t report that," she said. "He didn’t report any of it. He didn’t cooperate with the criminal investigation.” 

    Reached by phone Friday, Burley said he has “no comment.”

    Causey’s roommate Johnathan Turner, a Madison High School basketball player, was charged with Causey’s murder but a Dallas police criminal investigation of the homicide is still underway.