Former Hilltopper Fraliex Arrested On Drug Charges

By: James Brandenburg
By: James Brandenburg

Michael Fraliex, a member of three teams to reach the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Western Kentucky University, was arrested Thursday on felony drug charges in Caldwell County.

In a press release, Kentucky State Police said a two-week investigation revealed Fraliex obtained prescription drugs by fraud on 12 total occasions in Lyon, Livingston, Crittenden and McCracken Counties. He was charged with 12 counts of Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud/False Statement/Forgery First Degree, a Class D Felony.

He's currently being lodged in the Crittenden County Jail on a total $13,000 cash bond and has gone through pre-trial conference. As of Thursday night, the jail was awaiting word on a possible bond reduction in McCracken, Lyon and Livingston counties.

Fraliex had a distinguished career at WKU that ended in 1996. His 1,205 career points are 26th all-time at the school and he's also listed among the top ten in career assists, career free-throw percentage, career three-point field goals and career three-point field goal attempts. WKU reached the NCAA tournament in each of his first three seasons on the Hill, including the Sweet 16 in 1993.

He's been the boys basketball coach at Caldwell County High School - where he played and where he's also a teacher - since 2004. According to the Princeton Times-Leader, Fraliex has been suspended indefinitely from his job with pay.


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