Former Nebraska Husker wide receiver Irving Fryar has been sentenced to five years in prison for a mortgage scheme in which he and his mother provided false information to obtain loans.
Fryar’s mother, 74-year-old Allene McGhaee, has been sentenced to three years’ probation.
Both were convicted in August of using the same property as collateral on a number of mortgage loan applications.
According to prosecutors, Fryar and McGhee falsified their wages on the applications, at one point making the claim that McGhee earned thousands of dollars a month as the event coordinator for the church Fryar pastors. Prosecutors says the two made only token payments on four of the loans. The banks wrote off the loans as losses.
Fryar had claimed he was a victim of a con artist who devised the scheme. Williams Barkdale pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. He became the key witness in Fryar’s trial.
Fryar, who is 53, was the first pick in the 1984 NFL draft, selected by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.
Fryar is the pastor of a church he founded.