It was not a happy hump day for former NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother.
Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were indicted on Wednesday by a grand jury in New Jersey for a mortgage fraud scam. The pair worked together to steal more than $690,000. They were indicted for theft by deception and counts of conspiracy.
According to prosecutors, Fryar and his mother were planning to steal the money via a “sophisticated mortgage fraud scam.” Allegedly, during a six-day period, McGhee turned in false information about her home to receive five loans.
So where exactly does Fryar come into play you ask? The former NFL player gave false wage information on applications for the loans. Fryar and McGhee wrote false information that McGhee was earning a hefty income as the event planner of Fryar’s church in New Jersey. It was also noted that Fryar himself spent more than $200,000 of the money received from the loans.
Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said, ”It’s 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.” Added Hoffman, ”This is not a case in which 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.”
After retiring from the NFL in 2001, and playing for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins, Fryar became the pastor of the New Jerusalem House of God, which he founded, in Westampton, New Jersey. He also became the head coach of the Robbinsville High School football team.
The news has many people, including those in the area, disappointed in Fryar’s actions.
Irving Fryar indicted on fraud charges? What's next, Freddie Mitchell filing false tax returns??
— 975ShowSheet (@975ShowSheet) October 16, 2013
Are you kidding me Irving Fryar…. You just completely disgraced our town
— Logan Fox (@alliwinisgold) October 16, 2013