Former Eagle Irving Fryar indicted in mortgage scheme

Posted: October 18, 2013

FORMER EAGLES wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother were charged yesterday with conspiring to steal more than $690,000 in a mortgage scheme, authorities said.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced second-degree conspiracy and theft charges from a grand jury against Fryar, 51, of Springfield, N.J., and his mother, Allene McGhee, 72, of Willingboro, N.J. They are accused of obtaining five home-equity loans over a six-day period in December 2009 on McGhee's Willingboro home.

Authorities said the pair duped the five banks by applying for and closing on the loans quickly and not disclosing any prior loans. They also provided false wage information on the loan applications by claiming McGhee received thousands of dollars a month as an event coordinator for a Burlington County church where Fryar serves as pastor. Authorities claim Fryar received or spent more than $200,000 of the loan proceeds, and that he and his mother only made four payments on the loans, which were eventually written off as losses.

"This is not a case in which Mr. Fryar and his mother simply omitted or misstated information on loan applications," Hoffman said in a statement released to the media. "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, who spent 17 years in the NFL, played for the Eagles from 1996-98. In addition to serving as pastor of the New Jerusalem House of God in Mount Holly, N.J., which he founded, he is also head coach of the Robbinsville High School varsity football team in Mercer County. 6ABC reported that Fryar has been suspended as the team's coach.

No court date has been set for Fryar and McGhee, who both remain free. If convicted of all charges, they both could face up to 20 years in prison and a $300,000 fine.

A call placed to a law firm that represents Fryar's church was not returned.


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