Basketball Benefactor Accused of Texas Securities Fraud and Ponzi Scam that Targeted High-Profile Coaches Found Dead

David Salinas, a well-known University of Houston and Rice athletics benefactor, was found dead in his home over the weekend. The Galveston County medical examiner’s office is calling the 60-year-old’s death a suicide. Salinas’ death comes amidst allegations of Texas securities fraud, including his suspected involvement in a Ponzi scam that allegedly victimized high-profile athletics coaches. Select Asset Management, a Houston financial services firm that worked with Salinas, notified its clients that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed information from its files, as well as from those of J. David Financial Group, which is a Salinas business.

Coaches that invested with or gave testimonials to Salinas include Baylor coach Scott Drew, ex-Rice coach/current Texas A & M- Corpus Christi coach Willis Wilson, ex-Arizona coach Lute Olson, Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie, Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, and others. According to, one ex-NCAA coach is claiming that Salinas asked him for a “significant” amount of money to invest. In return, Salinas would direct players from Houston Select to the coach’s school. The former coach says he refused to get involved.

Salinas is the founder of Houston Select Basketball. Players that have contributed include Joseph Jones from Texas A & M, Dexter Pittman from Texas and NBA’s Miami Heat, Demetri Goodson from Gonzaga, Jawann McClellan from Arizona, and Cartier Martin from Kansas State and the Washington Wizards.

J David Insurance Group, which is also a Salinas business, is associated with Select Asset Management. The latter company’s CEO Brian Bjork is a Houston Select Founder, while its vice president Greg Muse is secretary of Houston Athletics Foundation, which is a nonprofit corporation that raised donations for University of Houston Athletics. Salinas served as the foundation’s director.

Our Houston securities fraud lawyers represent investors throughout Texas who have lost money in Ponzi scams and as a result of other kinds of financial fraud.

Related Web Resources:
Basketball benefactor found dead,, July 19, 2011
Tom Penders talks about Salinas scandal, ESPN, July 19, 2011
Houston Select Basketball

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