Private school founder in North Carolina pleads guilty to human trafficking

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Private School Founder Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A North Carolina woman who set up a private school in Charlotte admitted Monday that she was guilty in a case involving human trafficking.

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Federal prosecutors said Evelyn Mack used the school to promise foreign teens they would play at a prominent school with scholarship offers.

Instead, prosecutors said those athletes vanished in the hands of recruiters and basketball coaches. Some reappeared in towns more than 100 miles away and others were missing for months.

The government said Mack made around $75,000 by hiding 75 foreign student athletes who were in the country illegally.

Mack could face a lot of time in prison by pleading guilty, but as part of her agreement, the deal all but guarantees she won't be sentenced to anything more than 10 years.

"We're still probably in the middle phase of the process and we're looking forward to everything being good for Ms. Mack," Mack's attorney said.

Prosecutors are still putting together their final recommendations when it comes to Mack's time in prison and until that's settled, Mack will stay out of jail on bond.

"Does she have any remorse? Any apologies? All things in their time, my friend and this is not that time," said Mack’s attorney, Mark Becker.