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Ex-NFL player charged with conspiracy in alleged mortgage scam

After an illustrious career and a good reputation in the community, why would someone turn to crime? This seems to be the case for former professional athlete, Irving Fryar, now a church pastor in New Jersey and head coach of a local high school football team.

Reportedly, Fryar, a former wide receiver in the National Football League, and his 72-year-old mother have been accused of running a mortgage scam worth $690,000. Based on the indictment, Fryar and his mother supposedly submitted false wage information on five different loan applications. Reportedly, Fryar's mother falsely claimed that she earned thousands of dollars per month for being an event coordinator. Police state that the ex-NFL player and his mom spent over $200,000 of the mortgage loan proceeds. They are also accused of making only a few payments on four of the loans.

According to the criminal indictment, Fryar and his mother engaged in this alleged criminal activity in order to defraud banks. The two are facing theft by deception and conspiracy charges. In a conspiracy, two or more individuals agree to commit a crime.

In this case, conspiracy charges-and even the allegation of such wrongdoing-can inflict great damage on Fryar's reputation, not only as a football coach, but ultimately as a pastor. Conviction on conspiracy charges can result in up to five years of imprisonment.

Fortunately, in Portland, Oregon, as elsewhere in the United States, those accused of conspiracy are entitled to a legal defense. A criminal defense attorney can examine all the evidence used by the prosecutors, as well as the investigation and arrest procedures, with the aim of obtaining the best possible outcome for the client.

Source: Huffington Post, "Irving Fryar Indicted: Ex-NFL Player Charged with Conspiring to Steal More Than $690, 000," Oct. 16, 2013

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