Irving Fryar Convicted in Mortgage Scam: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2014 file photo, former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appear before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J.  Fryar faces a five-year sentence under a plea deal, and his mother, Allene McGhee, has been offered a three-year prison sentence, according to the state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case. Fryar and his mother were indicted last fall on charges they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam run by William Barksdale, who was sentenced in February to 20 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. (AP Photo/Burlington County Times, Dennis McDonald, Pool)
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Following a three-week trial, former NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were found guilty Friday for the part they played in a mortgage scam, according to the Associated Press (via ABCNews.com). 

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jan Hefler reported Fryar and his mother used the mortgage scheme to strip seven banks of $1.2 million in 2009. 

"Authorities said Fryar and McGhee provided false wage information on her loan applications and claimed she earned thousands of dollars a month as an event coordinator for Fryar's church," the Associated Press wrote. "Authorities said the pair made just a few payments on four of the loans and banks eventually wrote the loans off as losses."

Fryar and McGhee now face up to 10 years in prison—which would be a maximum sentence—after the duo declined to accept plea deals of five and three years, respectively, according to the Associated Press. 

While Fryar was convicted, he claimed convicted felon William Barksdale persuaded him to take part in the scam.

The Associated Press reported Barksdale previously pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge that carried a 20-month sentence. In turn, he served as a witness for the prosecution.  

Fryar is a former five-time Pro Bowler who played for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins over the course of a 17-year career. 

The 52-year-old will now be forced to sit and wait with his sentencing date set for Oct. 2. 

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