Student-athletes, employees bilked in Duluth scholarship scam

DULUTH -- An employee walk-out blew the whistle on a Duluth-based business fraudulently claiming to market high school student-athletes to colleges and universities, authorities said.

Records show Dacula resident Adrian Quintin Davis was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft of services and theft by deception. As of Friday afternoon he remained at the Gwinnett County jail on $112,600 bond.

His arrest, Duluth police said, stems from an elaborate scam in which Davis set up a company called Sports Solutions of America, billing it as an organization to market young student-athletes to post-secondary schools in order to help them get scholarships. He reportedly boasted of relationships with professionals across the country.

Parents paid up front -- anywhere from $300 to $3,000, police said -- for Sports Solutions of America's Services, which were allegedly never delivered.

"Davis was able to recruit some student-athletes for which their parents paid the fees and never received the service or even return phone calls after the contracts were signed," Duluth police spokesman Maj. Don Woodruff said.

An investigation was triggered earlier this month when Sports Solutions of America's 28 employees walked out and filed a police report. The employees, who had been promised salaries in the range of $95,000, were never paid for several months of work.

What police allegedly found was that Davis' claims of connections -- at places like Vanderbilt University, Ohio State University, the NCAA and NFL -- were largely false. Davis also allegedly pitched his services at church and to schools across the Atlanta area, "stating in his sales pitch that all of the students that hired his company through the school system would be sponsored and the parents would not need to pay."

Student victims were from as far away as Texas, police said.

"Simply put," a description on the company's under-construction website said, "we take you where you've never been before...Everywhere!"

The business was never registered with the Secretary of State's office, Woodruff said, nor did it have a license to operate in Duluth city limits.

Any exact number of alleged victims was not available Friday, but officials said none had received refunds.