The charges against Reggie Rucker, 68, are contained in an information, which indicates Rucker has agreed to plead guilty. Rucker was a wide receiver who played 12 years in the NFL from 1970 to 1981, including seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to an FBI agent. cheap nfl jerseys
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Rucker was executive director for Amer I Can Cleveland, a non profit group that is an outgrowth of an organization created by Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown in Los Angeles. Rucker also played a lead role with Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, a coalition of groups that employs outreach workers to quell violence between rival gangs and factions in Cleveland. Amer I Can Cleveland is a registered non profit; Peacemakers Alliance is not.
According to the information, Rucker solicited foundations, organizations and individuals to make donations and would routinely begin withdrawing money for his personal use after funds were deposited into the Amer I Can account. The withdrawals occurred from 2011 to 2015. Rucker used $65,000 in donations to pay off markers at Las Vegas and made $48,000 in ATM withdrawals at casinos in Las Vegas, Cleveland and Tampa, Florida, the information said. cheap youth nfl jerseys
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Rucker attorney Michael Hennenberg said Tuesday that Rucker ended his involvement with the two organizations within the last year.
has been co operating with the government for approximately a year, Hennenberg said. accepts responsibility totally for his wrongful conduct and, in addition to his punishment, he will do everything possible to make it right. attorney office in Cleveland said Tuesday that the total loss is estimated at around $100,000, but he wouldn elaborate. The information said Rucker would make deposits into the Amer I Can account using personal funds, loans and gambling proceeds. The deposits helped Rucker prolong his misuse of funds, the information said.