January 21

Ex-Patriot Irving Fryar pleads not guilty to fraud

A lawyer for the former wide receiver and his mother says they were victims of a scam, not perpetrators.

The Associated Press

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — Former NFL player Irving Fryar and his mother have pleaded not guilty in a New Jersey court to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam.

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Irving Fryar’s NFL career spanned 17 years, including eight with the New England Patriots.

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State prosecutors allege Allene McGhee submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. The two were indicted on counts of conspiracy and theft by deception.

Fryar lives in Springfield, N.J., and is pastor of a church he founded. His mother lives in Willingboro. The former wide receiver had a 17-year career in the NFL. He played for the New England Patriots from 1984 to 1992, and also played for three other NFL teams before his career ended in 2000, including the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

At a hearing Tuesday in Mount Holly, a lawyer for McGhee said his client and her son were victims of a scam, not perpetrators.

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