On Thursday, it was announced that an Ohio man had been indicted for allegedly defrauding multiple NFL players out of nearly $25,000 that was meant for charitable causes. One of the victims was a player with the Kansas City Chiefs. 38-year-old Camario A. Richardson of Maple Heights, Ohio was charged in a five-count indictment. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri on September 13, 2017.
The indictment was unsealed and made public when Richardson was arrested on October 13, 2017. Richardson has been charged with one count of mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud. The indictment claims that Richardson claimed he had contact with Nike. He allegedly agreed to deliver Nike-branded merchandise to five NFL players. The names of the victims have not been released.
It is alleged that Richardson told a Kansas City Chiefs player that he would be able to provide 300 Nike-branded backpacks for a “Book Bag Giveaway” charitable event. In April of 2016, Richardson received $6,000 for the backpacks, but failed to deliver them, according to the indictment. The indictment claims that Richardson engaged in the same scheme with three other NFL players.
Ultimately, the players purchased backpacks from another source. It is also alleged that Richardson schemed another NFL player by taking payment for athletic shoes, but never delivered. It is alleged that Richardson took $6,480 from a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player and $6,480 from an Indianapolis Colts Player. Each player was promised 300 backpacks, but the defendant was unable to deliver.
A Cincinnati Bengals player paid $4,320 for 200 backpacks, but Richardson was allegedly unable to deliver. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Additional details about the indictment can be found here.