Report: Grand theft charges expected for Florida players over misuse of school funds
Florida’s nine players alleged of having misused school funds could be arrested as early as the end of this week, according to Trey Wallace and Oliver Connolly of The Read Optional.
The Read Optional cited sources with information on the matter.
Florida’s top wide receiver and playmaker for the last two years, Antonio Callaway, is reportedly one of the players likely to be arrested on charges of felony grand theft.
“Antonio Callaway, Jordan Smith, and one other player are likely to be arrested on charges of felony grand theft, with the possibility of further misdemeanour charges being tagged on, according to a lawyer representing one of the players,” the report stated. “It’s anticipated that the other six players will also be arrested, but only three players have hired legal counsel thus far.”
In August, players were initially suspended indefinitely from team activities for purchasing items with school debit cards and selling them for cash. They then claimed the cards as stolen, which The Read Optional’s sources apparently confirmed.
“Sources also confirm that all the money for the debit card scheme has been paid back in full,” the report said. “It remains unclear how much was paid, or who paid it — whether the players each paid the individual amount they took, or whether the total was divided between all the players.”
Several Gators players are being investigated in a separate credit card fraud case being run in conjunction by the Gainesville Police Department and the University of Florida Police Department.