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Agent of Marion Jones sentenced in bank fraud case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former sports agent of disgraced U.S. sprinter Marion Jones was sentenced to six months of home detention on Wednesday for his role in a check fraud case that also helped bring about the sprinter’s downfall.

Charles Wells was sentenced after pleading guilty last March to bank fraud charges related to a $5 million counterfeit check scheme that also involved Jones and her ex-boyfriend and former 100 meters record holder, Tim Montgomery, as well as her former coach, Steve Riddick.

During his sentencing, Wells, 56, told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in Manhattan federal court that “it was wrong what I did and I should have known better.”

Wells, who also was Montgomery’s agent, was suspended by USA Track & Field, the sport’s U.S. governing body, for two years.

In January, Karas sentenced Jones to six months in prison for misleading investigators about the same check fraud scheme and for lying about her steroid use in a separate investigation.

Jones is due to report to prison by March 11. She was stripped of her five Sydney 2000 Olympic medals.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Daniel Trotta and Vicki Allen