Former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appeared before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. State prosecutors allege Fryar’s 80-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, of Willingboro, N.J., submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. (AP Photo | Dennis McDonald)
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother, accused in a mortgage fraud scam in New Jersey, both turned down plea deals in court Tuesday and will head to trial on charges of mortgage fraud.
“I have lost everything,” Fryar’s mother, Allene McGhee, said in court. Both Fryar and his mother live in Willingboro, New Jersey. Fryar was born in Mount Holly and played for the Eagles for three seasons from 1996 to 1998. He remained in the area after retiring, and briefly worked for Action News.
Fryar and McGhee are accused of conspiring with another man, William Barksdale, to obtain five mortgages on McGhee’s Willingboro home last year. Barksdale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison. Under the plea deal, Fryar and McGhee would have pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by deception and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution. Fryar would have been sentenced to five years; McGhee three.
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Former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appear before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. (AP Photo | Dennis McDonald)
It seemed Irving Fryar had a pretty solid life. The first wide receiver ever taken No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, Fryar retired in 2000 (he played with the Eagles from 1996-1998). After a brief stint at Action News, Fryar founded the New Jerusalem House of God in South Jersey. He was head football coach at Robbinsville High School in Mercer County. He even showed up at Eagles practices and get hugs from Jeffrey Lurie!
Then, last year the feds accused Fryar and his mother of mortgage fraud. Tuesday, the pair were arraigned, charged with conspiring to defraud five banks. The state says Fryar and his mother took out $690,000 in equity loans from five banks over a six day period — without telling each bank of the other loans. According to prosecutors, Fryar received $200,000.
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