Report: 8 Rutgers football players indicted in credit card scheme

The eight Rutgers football players charged in connection with a credit card fraud scheme earlier this year have been indicted, according to an NJ Advance Media report. 

Citing an Open Public Records Act request, the report states that a Superior Court grand jury in Middlesex County (New Jersey) released  a four-page indictment on Dec. 5, which outlines the various charges. 

Six of the players, Edwin Lopez, Malik Dixon, Syhiem Simmons, Kobe Marfo, C.J. Onyechi, and Naijee Jones all face multiple third and fourth-degree charges. 

Brendan Devera, one of two players dismissed from the Rutgers football team in July, had his most-serious charge dropped, promoting organized street crime in the second degree. 

The other player dismissed from the team, K.J. Gray, was also the highest profile player in the matter. Gray is facing six third-degree charges, two fourth-degree charges and a second-degree charge of promoting organized street crime. That second-degree charge carries a maximum of 10 years in jail and a $150,000 fine. 

All eight  are due in state Superior Court in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on Jan. 3 before Judge Pedro Jimenez. 

News of an investigation into fraudulent credit card use by several players broke in July. A day after details came out, Devera and Gray were dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules. 

Speaking to beat writers on July 23 at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, coach Chris Ash said the incident occurred during the spring, and he was made aware of it in May. 

From a football standpoint, Gray, a junior free safety, was the only projected starter, while Devera was a threat to crack the two-deep as a sophomore linebacker. 

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