Irving Fryar Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Role in Mortgage Scam

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2015

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., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. State prosecutors allege Fryar's 80-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, of Willingboro, N.J., submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. (AP Photo/Burlington County Times, Dennis McDonald, Pool)
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After former NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar rejected a plea deal last October stemming from his involvement in a mortgage scam, the 53-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison Friday, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were previously convicted of providing false wage information on loan applications that allowed them to collect $1.2 million from various lenders, per the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jan Hefler.

McGhee was ordered to serve three years of probation.

"The fact that Fryar had the means to succeed and do good things and instead chose this criminal path makes his actions all the more reprehensible," acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman said, according to the Associated Press.

Fryar's lawyers reportedly said the 17-year NFL veteran was duped by William Barksdale, who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and accepted a 20-month jail sentence in exchange for his cooperation

According to Hefler, Barksdale was previously facing the possibility of up to 30 years in jail and $1 million in fines stemming from a wire-fraud scheme that spanned more than three years in New Jersey.

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