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Former NFL players face prison terms in ID fraud scheme

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Former NFL players William Joseph and Michael Bennett face prison time after separately agreeing to deals with prosecutors and admitted guilt in the same scheme.

Joseph faces a minimum prison sentence of two years for pleading guilty to theft of government money and aggravated identity theft in a scheme that also involved former Patriots practice squad player Louis Gachelin.

The players filed falsified tax returns in the names of other people and used those returns to steal the identity of those affected.

Bennett pleaded guilty to wire fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Gachelin pleaded guilty in July to theft of government money and aggravated ID theft.

Bennett, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2001, rushed for 3,703 yards in his career. He last played with the Raiders in 2010 and also spent multiple seasons with the Chiefs, Buccaneers and Chargers.

Joseph played eight seasons in the NFL and entered the league with the Giants in 2003.
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