Two former Florida players reportedly have accepted plea deals from a credit card fraud scandal that included nine Gators players last season.
On Friday, the Tampa Bay Times’ Matt Baker reported that defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort pled no contest to a third-degree felony charge of scheming to defraud. Citing Alachua County court records, Baker reported that both Smith and Telfort received two years of probation, and the players must pay $521 in court costs.
Telfort, a 4-star tackle from the 2017 recruiting class, faced 30 felony complaints before this latest development. He was accused of using stolen credit card information to add $1,450 to his school bookstore account. He also allegedly purchased $89.48 in food from a delivery service.
Smith, meanwhile, faced nine formal felony complaints, per Baker. The player allegedly added $3,570 to his bookstore account with stolen credit card information. He also allegedly settled debts of $1,450 with the University of Florida’s transportation and parking service and $1,008 of an apartment lease with the stolen information.
Both players left the Gators’ program in January.
The credit card fraud scandal lingered over Florida throughout the 2017 season. The Gators finished 4-7, and Jim McElwain was fired as coach in October following a loss to Georgia in October.
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