Monday, March 17, 2014

DEVELOPING: This Can't Be Good... 4 UGA Players Arrested On Theft Charges (UPDATED With Richt Reax)


On the heels of releasing Josh Harvey-Clemons for violations of team rules earlier this winter, Weiszer reports that four more have been arrested on "theft by deception" charges.

Defensive back Tray Matthews, defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach and wide receiver Uriah LeMay are the four. Matthews, according to the article, is facing at least three misdemeanor counts. Taylor and DeLoach are facing two misdemeanor and LeMay four.

Georgia opens spring football practices Tuesday... so, how's that for timing...???

Matthews is from Newnan (GA) High. Taylor and DeLoach are from Jenkins County (GA) High and LeMay is the brother of QB Christian LeMay.

Taylor and DeLoach were being held on bonds totaling $3,000, LeMay on bonds totaling $6,000 and Matthews bonds totaling at least $4,500.

More when we know more...

But just to hold you over, here's some Matthews video during practice from the Athens Banner-Herald

TUESDAY UPDATE: All four practiced with their teammates on Day One of the Spring season...

The four were arrested for, in essence, cashing the same check twice- once through an online picture system and again at a convenience store- the total value of the transactions is a little under $800.

Marc Weiszer explains for the second day in a row...

Matthews, Taylor and DeLoach are alleged to have electronically deposited the checks through a mobile banking app into three different Wells Fargo accounts and then cashed the same paper check at an unknown local convenience store with an account at SunTrust bank, the report said.

LeMay’s roommate, also a UGA athlete, initially cashed four checks electronically and then discarded them. LeMay is alleged to have taken the cash that was trashed and presented it for cash or deposit through a Wells Fargo account.

The investigation on the four players started March 3rd and amounts to both fraud and compliance issues.

Coach Mark Richt addressed the situation as he could after practice...
((HT: WSB-TV))

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