Former WR Fryar charged in alleged scam
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Irving Fryar was indicted on charges of conspiracy in theft for a mortgage fraud scam, the New Jersey state's Attorney General office announced Wednesday.
According to prosecutors, Fryer and his mother, Allene McGhee, attempted to steal nearly $700,000 by applying for five home equity loans on her house during a five-day period in 2009.
Fryar, 51, is now pastor of New Jerusalem House of God in Mount Holly, N.J., and a football coach at Robbinsville High School. The school district suspended Fryer without pay.
"This is not a case in which Mr. Fryar and his mother simply omitted or misstated information on loan applications," acting attorney general John Hoffman said in a statement. "This indictment alleges that they engaged in an elaborate criminal scheme that was designed to defraud these banks of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"It is 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."
Fryar and his mother were not arrested. According to the Trenton Times, they will be summoned to appear before a superior court judge for arraignment. The newspaper could not reach Fryar or McGhee for comment.
Fryer played for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins from 1984 to 2000. He ranks 18th in NFL history with 851 career receptions and 15th in receiving yards with 12,785.