Former NFL Player Accused Of Stealing Non-Profits' Money To Fund Gambling Habit
Reggie Rucker Accused Of Spending Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars At Casinos
A former Cleveland Browns player has been charged by the federal government for allegedly using charitable donations to fund his gambling, according to a report from Cleveland.com.
Reggie Rucker, 68, has been charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to law enforcement, the FBI said in a press release Tuesday. Rucker served as executive director of Amer-I-Can Cleveland as well as the president of the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance. It was reported in July that he was under investigation for his charity work.
“Reggie Rucker misused his celebrity and position in the community to dupe some of our most important local foundations and generous citizens,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon. “He stole from the very violence interrupters he so publically claimed to support. In one breath he begged generous donors to save Amer-I-Can and the Peacemakers Alliance, and in the next he stole that money to support his lifestyle and his gambling junkets in Cleveland, Florida, and Las Vegas, using the charity’s account as his own ATM.”
The alleged crimes happened between 2011 and 2015.
According to Cleveland.com, Rucker will likely be taking a plea deal.
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