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Popular Osceola Basketball Coach Charged With Defrauding Resorts

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Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

In December of 2023, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Tropical Escape Vacation Homes that Coach Roderick Wilmont rented three of their Champions Gate vacation homes for his post-grad prep basketball program, Mont Sports Academy. Basketball players worldwide travel to Central Florida to participate in Coach Wilmont’s program, where they play at the Florida Sun Conference.Coach Wilmont’s basketball players occupied the Champions Gaterental properties for several months. Coach Wilmont initially made small deposits and partial payments for the rental properties but had endless excuses for not being able to make total payments on time. After checking out, Coach Wilmont failed to pay for the total rental cost and ultimately owed the business an excess of over nineteen thousand dollars.  Coach Wilmont told the business the money was wired and transferred to their bank account. However, the business never provided instructions on how to send money to their bank account. When the business asked additional questions in an effort to identify the wire transaction, Coach Wilmont became uncooperative with them. 


Westgate Resorts was also a victim of Coach Wilmont, who rented several rooms on their property for the players and failed to pay the outstanding balance of over seven thousand dollars. Members from Westgate Resort have reached out to Coach Wilmont several times to obtain payment and have received no cooperation. 


Detectives with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Tourism Policing Unit obtained Coach Wilmont’s financial records, which show that parents of the players were sending him thousands of dollars each month for “tuition” in the program, which includes fundsfor housing, transportation, gym/practice rentals, food, and other related costs. Some months, Coach Wilmont would have deposits of forty-five thousand dollars into his bank account. A review of his banking records revealed that instead of paying for the housing he obtained for the players, he was spending thousands of dollars each month on gambling, personal vacations, and OnlyFans subscriptions. 


Roderick Wilmont was recently arrested for two counts of Scheme to Defraud and two counts of Defrauding an Innkeeper. 


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