A conspiracy case has unfolded for a former NFL player and his mother.
Per the Associated Press, via The Daily Journal, former NFL player Irving Fryar has been indicted on theft charges.
According to the report, Fryar, 51, and his 72-year-old mother, Allene McGhee are charged with planning to steal more than $690,000. Prosecutors stated Fryar and his mother were in a “sophisticated mortgage fraud scam,” as McGhee allegedly obtained five equity loans on her home in six days.
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman stated the following in a news release via the Express-Times:
This is not a case in which Mr. Fryar and his mother simply omitted or misstated information on loan applications. This indictment alleges that they engaged in an elaborate criminal scheme that was designed to defraud these banks of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is disappointing that someone with an illustrious career in professional sports who now is a minister and coach in the community is charged with this crime, but he must face justice like anyone else.
Spokesman of the Office of the Attorney General Peter Aseltine said that Fryar and McGhee will receive an arraignment summons to appear before a superior court judge in Burlington County, per Jenna Pizzi of The Times of Trenton via NJ.com.
The full indictment is available here, via NJ.gov. The duo's official sentence will be made known after the arraignment.
Fryar played in the NFL for 17 seasons for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. Not only was he the first wide receiver selected in the 1984 NFL draft, but he was also the No. 1 overall pick for New England. With the Pats, he posted nearly 6,000 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns in nine years.
Throughout his successful career, Fryar went on to score 84 touchdowns and make five Pro Bowl appearances.
He is currently the pastor of New Jerusalem House of God and the head coach of the Robbinsville High School varsity football team. Per Pizzi, Fryar is suspended without pay from his coaching duties, and assistant coach Mitar Rudnavoc will be interim head coach.