Ex-NFL star convicted: Irving Fryar Convicted
Published: August 10, 2015
Ex-NFL star convicted: Irving Fryar Convicted, A former NFL pro wide receiver and his mother were convicted at trial last week for stealing approximately $1.2 million in a mortgage fraud scheme, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
Irving Fryar, 52, of Springfield, N.J., and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, of Willingboro, N.J., were found guilty of second-degree charges of conspiracy and theft by deception, which were contained in an Oct. 16, 2013 indictment.
Fryar and his mother had illegally received six home equity loans on her home – five within a six-day period – and also falsely obtained a loan on the home where Fryar lives.
Fryar schemed with his mom to acquire five home loans for her property totaling more than $690,000 between Dec. 16 and Dec. 21, 2009, and another loan on the home for $150,000 on Jan. 14, 2010. Fryar and McGhee defrauded six banks in total.
They both face up to 10 years in prison. They had previously declined to accept a plea deal of a lessor sentence of five and three years.
Fryar had played in the NFL between 1984 and 2000 and was a former five-time Pro Bowler who played for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins. He is also the pastor of a church in Burlington County that he founded.
“This verdict ensures that Mr. Fryar and his mother will face substantial prison time,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “Fryar had an illustrious career in professional football and became the pastor of a church, but those things don’t mitigate the fact that he and his mother engaged in an elaborate criminal scheme to defraud seven banks of more than one million dollars.”
“The defense attorneys tried to convince the jury that their clients were tricked by a devious mortgage broker who drove the entire scheme,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “I’m pleased that the jurors recognized the absurdity of the notion that Fryar and McGhee could believe that it was legal to take out six loans at one time on a single home and not tell the lenders.
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