MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL star and his mother will go to trial next year in a mortgage fraud case after they turned down plea deals that called for state prison terms.
Irving Fryar and Allene McGhee rejected the deals Tuesday during a state Superior Court hearing. They’re charged with conspiring to steal money through a mortgage scam run by William Barksdale, who has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison. Their trial is scheduled to start Feb. 3.
Fryar grew up in Burlington County and starred at the University of Nebraska before being drafted No. 1 in 1984 by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. The deals called for Fryar and McGhee to plead guilty to theft by deception. Fryar would have received a five-year sentence, while his mother would get a three-year term.
Authorities have said Fryar and McGhee provided false wage information on her loan applications and claimed she earned thousands of dollars a month as an event coordinator for Fryar’s church. Authorities said the pair made just a few payments on four of the loans, and those banks eventually wrote the loans off as losses, authorities said.
Fryar’s attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. McGhee’s attorney has said she was victimized by Barksdale.