Nine Florida football players facing felony charges for credit card fraud

0:54 | College Football         Florida Suspends WR Antonio Callaway Six Others For Season Opener

0:54 | College Football Florida Suspends WR Antonio Callaway Six Others For Season Opener

Nine Florida players have been suspended since the start of the season and at least eight of them are facing third-degree felony charges related to an investigation into improper debit card charges and potential fraud at the school's bookstore.

On Monday afternoon, Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples tweeted out a portion of the sworn complaint that focuses on Scarlett.

Defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston IV and Ventrell Miller, wide receiver Rick Wells and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort are also facing the third-degree felony counts, according to Alachua County (Fla.) Circuit Court records, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Callaway and Scarlett join five other suspended players in facing two third-degree felonies: fraud/swindle in obtaining property under $20,000 and use or possession of another person's ID without consent. The process could take weeks. Several university cardholders disputed charges used to fund deposits to a pair of accounts, one of which was Smith's.

The rest of the players each face one count of fraud and one count of impersonation.

Telfort, a true freshman from Miami, faces 30 felony complaints on suspicion of using stolen cards to fund 11 food delivery purchases and add $1,450 to his bookstore account.

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UF police told Smith's attorney, Michael Barbarette, that "people were saying Smith was the ringleader in the fraud case".

He said up to seven of the players - those accused of using stolen credit card information to complete just a single transaction - could qualify for a diversion program that would expunge charges from their records.

Baker reported that Smith is also facing a separate complaint from the Gainesville Police Department.

The complaints began to trickle out during coach Jim McElwain's weekly news conference in advance of No. 21 UF's home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

That will be hard to do if any of the players are formally charged with felonies.

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