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May 7, 1989 | By Marc Narducci, Special to The Inquirer
After a glowing college football career at Nebraska, former Burlington City standout Charles Fryar assumed that his future would be determined during the recent NFL draft. Fryar, a cousin of former Nebraska all-American and current New England Patriots receiver Irving Fryar, had been a three-year starter at cornerback for one of the nation's highest-profile football programs. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder was named first-team all-Big 8. He grabbed five interceptions for the Big 8 champions, including two in his final game, a 23-3 loss to Miami in the Orange Bowl.
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July 24, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When ex-Eagle Irving Fryar needed money in 2008 and 2009, a financial adviser now serving time in federal prison told him about a scheme they could use to defraud banks, New Jersey Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo said in opening arguments at Fryar's trial in Mount Holly on Wednesday. By applying for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession, and using one property as collateral, the two men could obtain money that banks normally would not approve, Nicodemo told the jurors.
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August 9, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were found guilty Friday of charges of conspiracy and theft by deception stemming from a $1.2 million mortgage scheme that prosecutors said victimized seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia in 2009. Fryar, a Pro Bowl wide receiver who retired from the NFL in 2001 after playing for 17 years with four teams, and his mother, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, showed no emotion as a jury in Mount Holly announced the verdict after more than 11 hours of deliberation.
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July 31, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A financial broker who is serving time in federal prison in connection with a $2 million mortgage scheme took the stand Wednesday in the conspiracy trial of ex-Eagle Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, in the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly. William Barksdale is the key witness in a high-profile case in which the state Attorney General's Office alleges Fryar and McGhee conspired to defraud six banks and a mortgage company of more than $1 million in 2009. Barksdale, of Levittown, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for assisting Fryar, McGhee, and several other Burlington County clients with the scheme.
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November 2, 1997 | By Bob Cohn, FOR THE INQUIRER
There was a time when Aeneas Williams would have had little use for Irving Fryar, and it had nothing to do with their vastly different job descriptions. Williams, the Arizona Cardinals' all-pro cornerback, and Fryar, the Eagles' most productive wide receiver, are adversaries on the field. Today at Sun Devil Stadium, they will attempt to make each other look foolish. Off the field, however, they have become friends. It would have been the oddest of couplings a few years ago - the straitlaced, devoutly religious Williams and the hell-raising Fryar, whose personal life was about as stable as the stock market.
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October 4, 2002 | By Kristian Pope INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After 17 years of being the center of attention in the NFL, Irving Fryar is ready to share the spotlight - with his son, Londen, a junior wide receiver at Holy Cross High School in Delran. "It's all about my son now," said Fryar, the 40-year-old former Eagles receiver. "It's all about the kids. " Fryar played high school football at Rancocas Valley in the late 1970s, so he is in familiar territory. Gone are the full stadiums, the demands from the media, and the dealing with the egos of fellow players.
SPORTS
August 3, 1997 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The young man in the photograph had no idea what the road ahead would be like, how bumpy some of the detours would be, or where it all would lead. The young man in the photograph is 21, wearing the uniform of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He is surrounded by other young athletes with eyes as proud and as hopeful as his own. Their faces - older now, lined with worry and with joy - are familiar. Reggie White. Bruce Smith. Mike Rozier. Steve Young. Bo Jackson. And that young man in the Nebraska jersey, the one with so much heartache and triumph ahead of him?
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December 24, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The voice came out of a crowd of Eagles employees gathered for Irving Fryar's farewell news conference. "Hey, Irv. " Fryar, waiting for the cue to begin a live spot on ESPN, looked over his right shoulder, looking for the face to go with the familiar voice. There it was, looming above those of the marketing people and secretaries in the back of the room. "Welcome to the alumni club," said Harold Carmichael, breaking into a big smile that Fryar returned. Fryar, 36, will join that club after the Eagles' season-ending game Sunday against the New York Giants, a game that already had loomed as the end of a chapter in Eagles history.
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November 23, 1995 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Irving Fryar has nothing but fond memories of playing high school football on Thanksgiving, even though his team won only one of its three meetings with Moorestown. Fryar, now an all-pro wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins, is a 1980 graduate of Rancocas Valley. When he was in high school, the Moorestown- Rancocas Valley game was considered among the area's best Thanksgiving Day rivalries. Fryar, who played for Nebraska against Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl, and for the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, still gets excited when he talks about his Thanksgiving Day high school football experience.
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November 18, 1998 | By Marcia C. Smith and Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
"Philadelphia is the one place where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about it the next day. " - Michael Jack Schmidt Some players and coaches blame the media. Some players and coaches can't. They are the media, at least for a few hours each week. That is how, in this free fall of a pro football season in Philadelphia, the Eagles created a twist on Mike Schmidt's famous quip. On Sundays, they experience the agony of defeat. On Mondays, they endure the mortification of reading and hearing and talking about it. Head coach Ray Rhodes has a taped TV show and a live, call-in radio show on WYSP-FM (94.1)
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August 20, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alleging a "miscarriage of justice," attorneys for former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are urging a judge to either overturn a jury's verdicts convicting the two in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud or grant a new trial. Motions filed by the defense in Superior Court in Mount Holly late last week say the convictions came despite a lack of evidence and because of prosecutorial misconduct. Fryar, 54, a wide receiver who played for the Eagles and several other teams, and Allene McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver, are both free on bail.
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August 9, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were found guilty Friday of charges of conspiracy and theft by deception stemming from a $1.2 million mortgage scheme that prosecutors said victimized seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia in 2009. Fryar, a Pro Bowl wide receiver who retired from the NFL in 2001 after playing for 17 years with four teams, and his mother, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, showed no emotion as a jury in Mount Holly announced the verdict after more than 11 hours of deliberation.
NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The foreman of the jury that is charged with deciding whether a former Philadelphia Eagle and his mother are guilty of mortgage fraud charges told a Superior Court judge Thursday that the panel wanted to rehear the testimony of an alleged coconspirator. The jurors want to see if it conflicts with what he told the FBI and other investigators when he agreed to become a prosecution witness, he said. Irving Fryar, a wide receiver who was selected for the Pro Bowl five times in his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly cheating seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia out of $1.2 million in 2009.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The jury that heard nearly three weeks of testimony in the mortgage fraud case against former Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother asked to rehear some of the testimony as it began deliberations Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert in Mount Holly scheduled the panel to return Thursday to rehear parts of the testimony of the prosecution's key witness. Fryar, 52, who made the Pro Bowl five times in his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, are standing trial on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyers defending former Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, against mortgage fraud charges rested their case in a Mount Holly courtroom Tuesday without calling any witnesses. Fryar, 52, of Springfield Township, Burlington County, and McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, both decided against taking the stand to testify after the prosecution completed its case and the jury trial entered its third week. The two are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception in connection with a $1.2 million mortgage scheme involving six banks and one lending company in South Jersey and Philadelphia between October and December 2009.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mortgage fraud trial of a former Eagles player and his 74-year-old mother took an unexpected turn in a Mount Holly courtroom Thursday when the key prosecution witness admitted during cross-examination that he told a prosecutor that he did not believe the woman was aware she was participating in an illegal scheme. William Barksdale, a mortgage broker already serving a sentence for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, was testifying at the trial of Irving Fryar and Allene McGhee. The state Attorney General's Office contends they were coconspirators with Barksdale in defrauded seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia of more than $1.2 million in 2009.
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July 31, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A financial broker who is serving time in federal prison in connection with a $2 million mortgage scheme took the stand Wednesday in the conspiracy trial of ex-Eagle Irving Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, in the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly. William Barksdale is the key witness in a high-profile case in which the state Attorney General's Office alleges Fryar and McGhee conspired to defraud six banks and a mortgage company of more than $1 million in 2009. Barksdale, of Levittown, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for assisting Fryar, McGhee, and several other Burlington County clients with the scheme.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When ex-Eagle Irving Fryar needed money in 2008 and 2009, a financial adviser now serving time in federal prison told him about a scheme they could use to defraud banks, New Jersey Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo said in opening arguments at Fryar's trial in Mount Holly on Wednesday. By applying for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession, and using one property as collateral, the two men could obtain money that banks normally would not approve, Nicodemo told the jurors.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother went on trial Tuesday on charges they conspired to defraud six banks in South Jersey and Philadelphia as part of a $1 million mortgage scheme. If they are convicted of the conspiracy and theft-by-deception charges lodged against them, they could face five to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines, according to the state attorney general, whose office is handling the contentious case in Mount Holly. Fryar, 52, of Springfield, Burlington County, arrived at the courthouse dressed in a bold pin-striped suit and a tan hat. His 74-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, wore a blue-and-white polka-dot dress.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former NFL star and Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar is heading to trial with his 72-year-old mother early next year in connection with an alleged $704,000 mortgage scam. Burlington County Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert set a trial date of Feb. 3 after Fryar and Allene McGhee rejected plea offers Tuesday that would have required them to admit to charges of theft by deception and to serve five years and three years, respectively, in state prison. The two also would have been ordered to repay the banks that were defrauded, according to the state Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case.
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