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Report: Former NASCAR driver Brian Rose accused of creating coal mining investing scheme

Jun 30, 2014, 11:29 AM EST

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Every year it seems, we’re good for at least one or two random, off-the-wall type NASCAR driver legal stories. So this one involving former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brian Rose is a good candidate for the 2014 “Mike Harmon/Jennifer Jo Cobb” type of random, potentially criminal stories.

Per WSOC-TV in Charlotte, Rose is reportedly at the center of a $15 million fraud investigation for creating a fake coal mining company as a way for investors to give him money. One alleged victim from Charlotte has reportedly came forward to authorities.

A 49-page indictment said investors attempted to cover up every detail to convince authorities that “New Century Coal” was legitimate. However, a Secret Service Agent told WSOC that the alleged company’s five-state operation was “too good to be true.”

Rose, 34, made 41 Truck starts between 2001 and 2010, and also failed to qualify for a single Sprint Cup race in 2002 at Martinsville Speedway. All but three of those Truck starts came between 2001 and 2003; he made three more in 2010.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Some people do really stupid stuff. From the reports it sounds like they might have a legitimate case against him. If he’s guilty then he should be held accountable like anyone else.

  2. testover6370 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    NASCAR is certainly not the only motorsports series to have a participant involved in some sort of money scam. Racing costs a lot of money and sadly sometimes racers go the wrong route in trying to secure funding. I hate it when that happens, gives our sport a black eye.

  3. jjackwagon - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I follow the truck Series and I still don’t know who he is. He must have been one of the start & park crowd.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      He drove for Bobby Hamilton for a little bit then jumped around rides until he was suspended for failing a drug test and has only been heard from sporadically since. Probably funding a drug habit instead of racing.

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