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Report: Florida Gators player implicated running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Rick Wells into an ongoing investigation of a misuse of school issued funds.

According to a source, the Gators player named both Scarlett and Wells to the University of Florida Police Department.


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The source says that their involvement in the alleged misconduct is the reason both will be suspended for Saturday’s season opener against Michigan. Head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Wednesday the two players will not travel to Arlington, Texas, but did not specifically address the reason for their suspension. McElwain says he wasn’t made aware of Scarlett and Wells involvement until Wednesday afternoon.

Scarlett led UF in rushing last year, totaling 889 yards and six touchdowns. He was expected to start this week.

The Gators will now be without 10 players for Saturday’s opener, but that number could rise. A source tells Spectrum Sports more players will be suspended in the future due to their involvement in the ongoing UFPD investigation.

On August 13, seven players, including top wide receiver Antonio Callaway were suspended. Multiple reports link the seven suspensions to a misuse of school issued funds.
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 Edgar Thompson‏Verified account @osgators 10h10 hours ago

#Gators coach Jim McElwain did not see latest suspensions coming, but said he was not going to hide from them: http://bit.ly/2wJWNwQ

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Too bad Urban Liar isn't still there to make it disappear.  The most corrupt program in the country resides in hickville.  Not sure why any player would choose to spend 3-4 years there.
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I'd bet that there were some basketball players involved too.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2017, 09:09:14 pm »

Michigan throws Florida RB Jordan Scarlett's words back at him

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jordan Scarlett may not have realized it at the time, but Michigan players were watching.

And his words really pissed them off.

"They're a really strong defensive line, they hold their ground well," Florida's top running back told reporters in Gainesville earlier this week.

"But they don't run sideline to sideline. They don't move well sideline to sideline, so I think we should take advantage of things like that."

Oh, how things change in a matter of days. Not only was Scarlett suspended for Saturday's game, won by Michigan 33-17, but his teammates failed to back him up.

The Gators rushed for a total of 11 yards (yes, 11) and struggled to put together any semblance of a coherent offense. Florida used four different ball carriers, six receivers and tried two quarterbacks against the Wolverines, to little avail.

"It's insulting," Michigan senior defensive tackle Maurice Hurst said. "I would never come out and talk badly about another team. You use that as billboard material and move on."

It wasn't just Hurst motivated by the video, either. Sophomore defensive end Rashan Gary apparently saw the interview and used words that cannot be repeated as a response. Then senior defensive end Chase Winovich got a text telling him to watch it.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 07:25:30 pm »

 Ross Ramsdale‏ @RossRamsdale

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So the UF players will remain suspended for the Vols game?
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 05:38:56 am »

@Michael_Carvell

The latest on the status of suspended Florida stars Jordan Scarlett and Antonio Callaway


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Florida coach Jim McElwain said there was no update on the nine player suspensions — including star running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Antonio Callaway — that have been in place since before the season started.

Scarlett, Callaway and seven other Gators have been suspended for the start of the season for their involvement in what has been reported as a misuse of school funds.

Without their two best offensive playmakers, the Gators opened the season with a humbling 33-17 loss to Michigan two Saturday ago.

The other seven suspended Gators are freshmen linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller, freshman backup offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, backup defensive end Keivonnis Davis and reserve defensive linemen Jordan Smith and Richerd Desir-Jones.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 04:58:52 am »

Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Florida coach Jim McElwain discusses suspension philosophy on weekly radio show


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McElwain was asked on Thursday during his weekly “Gator Talk” radio show head of No. 24 Florida’s SEC opener against No. 23 Tennessee about other avenues he can take instead of suspensions when punishing players, he took a holistic approach with the crowd to give them perspective.

“There’s a lot of things that they go through and there’s a lot of things that they do educationally as well on top of [suspensions], but one of the things that you find — and you think about this as yourself — the worst thing that could happen to you is to take away something that you really love. You know? When you do that, then it becomes real,” McElwain said. “Then it becomes real. If you think about each one of us in this room, you think about something that really means a lot to you, that you really enjoy doing. If you take that away because of a choice, then all of a sudden you learn a little bit more about that in life than anything else.”

Nine players have been suspended since the preseason. The first batch of seven players — wide receiver Antonio Callaway, freshman linebacker James Houston, freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones and freshman linebacker Ventrell Miller —

Running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Rick Wells were added to the list of suspended players on Aug. 30.

UF Police Department Maj. Brad Barber confirmed to SEC Country on Aug. 30 that there was an investigation into allegations of credit card fraud. On Thursday, he said the investigation is still ongoing and that “these types of investigations do take some time to complete.”

One day after the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2017, 04:51:03 am »

Report: Felony charges coming for Florida players involved in fraud case


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Trey Wallace and Oliver Connolly of the TheReadOptional.com are reporting Antonio Callaway and Jordan Smith could be arrested by the end of the week.

There are nine players alleged to have bought electronics with university-distributed debit cards, sold the electronics and then reported the credit cards stolen. All players implicated in the scheme remain suspended from the football team.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 05:43:39 am »

 GainesvilleSun‏ @GainesvilleSun

UF housing director charged of $180k in credit card fraud http://bit.ly/2fw1lNA



 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 7h7 hours ago

Kevin Brockway Retweeted GainesvilleSun

It just doesn't happen with football players.



Makes it okay.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2017, 05:41:07 am »

A new report surfaced Monday night saying the nine Florida football players who have been indefinitely suspended while a pair of police investigations are ongoing could be arrested by the end of the week.

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As of Monday night, though, the University Police Department said its investigation into “the allegations of credit card fraud” at the campus’ bookstore was still active and ongoing. Maj. Brad Barber, the department’s spokesman, did not have an update for a possible conclusion date, after which the findings will be sent to the state attorney’s office.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman officer Ben Tobias also said Tuesday morning its separate criminal investigation into Smith regarding potential credit card fraud to pay rent at his apartment complex was still active.

On Thursday of last week, Barber said the investigation was delayed due to the department’s operations during Hurricane Irma but added that “these types of investigations do take some time to complete.”

According to the UF Police Department crime log, there are two entries reported on Aug. 15 for counts of “Fraud- Illegal Use of Credit Cards” at the campus’ bookstore. The log entries both say the crime occurred at some point between June 26 and Aug. 15. The first wave of suspensions were announced Aug. 13, two days before that window ends. Florida’s second summer semester (Summer B), during which most athletes are on campus, began June 26. The disposition of the cases is still in “pending.”

Since the investigation is active, there is no official police report yet. Barber is limited about what he is able to say regarding the incident and has not been able to provide specific names when asked if it was centered on or limited to the nine players believed to be connected to that matter.

On Aug. 13, Florida announced the indefinite suspension of seven players: Callaway, Smith. freshman linebacker James Houston, freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones and freshman linebacker Ventrell Miller.

Running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Rick Wells were added to the list on Aug. 30.

The players have not been part of team activities since their suspensions were announced, and coach Jim McElwain has said on multiple occasions that the players will remain suspended until the problem is resolved.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2017, 05:45:47 am »

 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 13h13 hours ago

Report: State attorney expects case details on 9 suspended Florida players early next week
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2017, 05:11:44 am »

Florida's Kadeem Telfort faces 30 charges, Antonio Callaway among suspended players facing felonies


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Receiver Antonio Callaway is among nine Florida players facing felony fraud charges for allegedly transferring money from a stolen credit card and using it to buy electronics.

When asked about the potential charges affecting the players' status with the team, coach Jim McElwain said: "You're darn right," per The Associated Press

According to Alachua County court records, sworn complaints were filed Monday against the suspended players.

The State Attorney's Office will decide whether to formally charge the players with third-degree felony charges.

According to reports, State Attorney Bill Cervone said Monday that Callaway transferred $1,970 from a stolen credit card number to his campus bookstore debit account. Running back Jordan Scarlett transferred $1,940 to his account from the same card number, Cervone said.

Five others -- defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller and receiver Rick Wells -- also made one charge with the stolen card number, ranging in value from $500 to $2,000, authorities said.

Defensive lineman Jordan Smith is facing five charges, while offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort is facing 30.

"Well, obviously, know this: I really care about those guys," McElwain said.
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2017, 06:27:26 am »

NCAA going to set up shop in Gainesville?   
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2017, 06:27:41 am »

 Andy Staples‏Verified account @Andy_Staples 12h12 hours ago

The nine suspended Florida players are in deep trouble. It could get much worse if the feds get interested. https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/09/25/florida-gators-suspended-players-fraud-police-report
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Re: Source: Gators player told police, Scarlett and Wells in debit card fraud
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2017, 05:36:50 am »

 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 13h13 hours ago

Timeline: How Gators’ credit card fraud case unfolded http://www.gatorsports.com/2017/09/timeline-gators-credit-card-fraud-case-unfolded/ … via @GatorSports.com
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« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2017, 05:05:06 am »

 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 11h11 hours ago

UF’s Smith faces additional complaints, this time from GPD http://www.gatorsports.com/2017/09/ufs-jordan-smith-faces-additional-complaints-time-gpd … via @GatorSports.com


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Troubled Florida defensive end Jordan Smith is facing four additional potential third-degree felony charges, bringing his total to 22.

According to court records, Gainesville Police filed a sworn complaint against Smith on Wednesday, charging him with two fraud complaints and two for larceny grand theft between $300 and $5,000.

The charges come two days after University Police filed a sworn complaint against Smith charging him with 18 third-degree felonies resulting from UPD’s investigation into credit card fraud.

Eight other UF players are facing third-degree felony charges from the UPD investigation.
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