Former KC hoops coach Myron Piggie entangled in theft case

A former summer-league coach who paid his high-school-age players and disrupted the 1999-2000 NCAA basketball season has been charged in federal court with conspiring to receive stolen goods.

Myron Piggie’s alleged crime this time: receiving 117 boxes of frozen chicken that had been stolen.

Kansas City prosecutors announced charges Monday against Piggie and nine other men for allegedly conspiring to steal trucks and trailers loaded with meat and other goods, such as athletic shoes and electronics, and selling the items.

Piggie, 51, of Kansas City, was released from federal prison 10 years ago this month after serving a 37-month sentence in a case that rocked amateur basketball. He had pleaded guilty to paying $35,500 to five elite high-school-age basketball players who had played on his summer traveling squad. Piggie had hoped that they would share their earnings with him when they later signed professional contracts and endorsement deals.

Piggie is alleged to have had a much smaller role in the case announced Monday.

On July 25, 2009, someone stole a trailer containing about $10,744 worth of frozen chicken leg quarters from a cold storage facility in Rogers, Ark., the grand jury indictment alleged.

Authorities recovered a portion of that load on Aug. 4, 2009, at Piggie’s convenience store in the 2900 block of East 27th Street in Kansas City, the indictment alleged.

Those charged with Piggie were: Kenneth Ray Borders, 42, Christopher Dwight Turner, 44, Reginald Shawn Tidwell, 43, Harold Robertson, 55, Verdie Carr Jr., 53, Ryonell Eugene Fredrick, 45, and Michael O’Neal Foster, 53, all of Kansas City; John Dickerson, 55, of Raytown; and Kyle Wayne Dickerson, 30, of Holden, Mo.

Prosecutors alleged that the conspirators stole five trucks and 17 trailers from 2005 to 2011.