Andreas Evers, a former Austrian Ski Federation coach and the current U.S. Ski Team head men’s speed coach, has been convicted of money laundering in the Salzburg Regional Court and sentenced to 24 months of conditional imprisonment of which he must serve four months in jail.
Evers was indicted on charges of money laundering after his ex-girlfriend was convicted of embezzling $10 million from a computer company where she worked from 2001-05 while the two were together. Evers’ ex-girlfriend has already served 2 ½ years in prison after being convicted, while he confessed to laundering 1.7 million euros from the embezzled sum used for investments and to finance construction on a home in Flachau, Austria which has since been confiscated.
Evers was previously detained by Austrian police for one day in December 2012, and he could have faced a maximum four-year sentence with the conviction. However, he offered a confession in court and leniency was granted for the two-year probationary period and paid damages amounting to one million euros. The U.S. Ski Team announced that it is releasing Evers from his coaching duties following this conviction.
This article was updated on April 24 to include a response by the U.S. Ski Team.