Report: Suspended Florida DE Jordan Smith faces allegations of credit card fraud, grand theft
A new report by The Read Optional says that suspended Florida DE Jordan Smith faces a fresh allegation of credit card fraud and grand theft. Smith allegedly used stolen credit card information to pay his rent.
According to Trey Wallace, a Chicago-based apartment company has filed a complaint to the UF compliance department, accusing Smith of paying $1,000 in rent at a Gainesville apartment complex with a credit card listed under a different name. Smith allegedly made the payment online using his own login.
The apartment group cannot file a report against Smith to the Gainesville Police Department, as only the victim of the theft can do so and not the merchant.
Smith, a redshirt freshman, is one of seven players Florida announced as suspended for the season opener against Michigan on Sept. 2. The Read Optional was the first to accurately report that the suspensions were tied to abuse of student aid debit cards.
According to Wallace, five of the seven players will be able to return to practice once they have paid restitution, but Smith and another “person of interest” are suspended while the school conducts its investigations.