Irving Fryar : ‘Former NFL star’ convicted in mortgage scam

Irving Fryar : Former NFL star convicted in mortgage scam

Irving Fryar and mother convicted in mortgage scheme.

Former Philadelphia Eagles player Irving Fryar was found guilty of a role in a mortgage scam on Friday and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Irving Fryar, 52, was on trial for his role in a scam to apply for multiple mortgages in a short period of time while using the same property as collateral for each application, the Associated Press Reports.

During the trial, Fryar’s defense was that he had been used by a “con artist,” William Barksdale, who told him to carry out the scheme. Barksdale pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge last year and served as the government’s key witness in the trial.

Fryar’s mother was also convicted in the scheme. Neither one of them testified in court and they are due for sentencing October 2.

Irving Fryar played college football at the University of Nebraska before he was drafted by the New England Patriots as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1984 draft. Among stints with other teams, Fryar played for the Eagles from 1996-1998.