- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma man convicted of defrauding a charitable organization run by former University of Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Kelly Nichols, 48, was sentenced Tuesday in Tulsa, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2h0ek90 ) reported. Nichols was found guilty in November 2015 on one count of mail fraud, two counts of money laundering and three counts of bankruptcy fraud.

Broyles, who worked at the University of Arkansas for more than a half-century, created the foundation after his wife, Barbara, died from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease in 2004.

Prosecutors said Nichols, a family friend, was paid $267,000 by the foundation to print copies of Boyles’ book, “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers,” but that he instead spent the money on personal expenses.

Nichols told the judge he “always intended” to repay the Broyles family, but hadn’t because of his “lack of strength” in money management.

“For that I take full responsibility,” he said.

Frank and Barbara Broyles’ daughter Elizabeth Arnold, who testified at the trial, said she was devastated when she found out about the defrauding, particularly because Frank Broyles considered Nichols a family member.

“Every time I questioned him he turned everything around to God,” Arnold said, referring to when she would ask Nichols about the booklets’ printing. “(Nichols) used his Christian faith … to manipulate us.”

Nichols’ attorneys indicated they plan to appeal. He has been ordered to pay $133,500 in restitution to the foundation.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com


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