Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Irving Fryar and his 72-year-old mother have been indicted on charges of conspiring to steal nearly $700,000 by deceiving banks into granting them home equity loans, state authorities told the Newark Star-Ledger.
Fryar, 51, and his mother, Allene McGhee, reportedly obtained five loans in a six-day period in 2009 using McGhee’s home collateral, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. They reported false information, authorities say, on the loan application, including falsifying McGhee's salary for a church that Fryar founded named the New Jerusalem House of God.
"This is not a case in which Mr. Fryar and his mother simply omitted or misstated information on loan applications," acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said. "This indictment alleges that they engaged in an elaborate criminal scheme that was designed to defraud these banks of hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Fryar starred in the NFL for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. He ranks 15th all-time in receiving yards, 19th in receptions and made five Pro Bowls in a career that spanned from 1984 to 2000. He also faced drug addiction as a player and was hit with weapons charges but said he turned to God after hitting rock bottom during his career.
Fryar is the pastor of the church he founded, and in March he was hired as head football coach of the Robbinsville (N.J.) High School varsity team. The superintendent of the Robbinsville Public School District said Fryar was suspended without pay once the news hit, and he could be fired as early as Tuesday when the school board next meets.
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