Several Rutgers players charged in fraudulent credit card scheme
Eight Rutgers football players have been charged in a credit card fraud scheme that occurred over the spring, according to NJ.com.
Per the report from NJ.com, eight players from Rutgers were involved in a credit card fraud scheme in which $11,000 was stolen. Four of those players have already left the program.
Ex-Scarlet Knights linebacker Brenden DeVera and defensive back K.J. Gray were named as the leaders of the scam and both players were dismissed several weeks ago. The other players involved, according to the report, are redshirt junior linebacker Malik Dixon, redshirt freshman defensive back Naijee Jones, redshirt freshman defensive back Edwin Lopez, senior defensive back Kobe Marfo, sophomore linebacker C.J. Onyechi and redshirt freshman linebacker Syhiem Simmons.
The news comes just 10 days before Rutgers opens the 2018 season against Texas State.
The six players mentioned above face charges of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, a lesser charge than DeVera and Gray are facing.
Lopez and Simmons are the other two players who have left the program, according to NJ.com.
Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs issued a statement regarding the charges of the eight players:
We are very disappointed and frustrated. We have been working extremely hard to build a culture of excellence across the department and this news detracts from the great strides we have made. We will continue that work.
The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 4-8 season, having won three B1G games last fall. They’re season opener against Texas State is scheduled for Sept. 1.