The felony charges could be piling up for Florida defensive lineman Jordan Smith. After having 18 third-degree felony charges levied against him previously this week, the Gainesville Police Department has recommended four additional charges to be tacked on.
According to a report from SEC Country, the Gainesville Police Department has recommended two fraud complaints and two larceny grand-theft charges related to a widespread credit card fraud scheme linked to nine members of the Florida Gators, including Smith.The previous charges were issued by the University of Florida Police Department. Smith had been charged with using misappropriated funds to purchase a pair of laptops and headphones and more.
Smith has been serving an indefinite suspension from the Florida program, as have all of the players connected to the scandal. On Wednesday, Florida head coach Jim McElwain all of the nine players remain enrolled at the university and decisions on their futures with the football program and school will be made later, saying the legal process should be given the time needed to play out as needed.
Felony charges have been filed against Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett for their involvement in an incident regarding the inappropriate use of school funds. And that’s just the beginning.
The state attorney’s office has reportedly filed felony charges against several Florida players on Monday. Callaway and Scarlett were each charged with third-degree felony charges. So was defensive lineman Jordan Smith. Other players reportedly facing felonies include defensive end Keivonnis Davis, wide receiver Rick Wells, linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller, and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones.
It was reported last week all of the players currently serving an indefinite suspension in Gainesville could be facing felony charges.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain met with the media earlier on Monday during his regularly scheduled media availability. At the time of his media briefing, McElwain was unaware of the updated charges, although suggested felony charges could change the status of the suspended players by hinting at possible dismissal.
UPDATE: Offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort has also been charged with six third-degree felony charges related to the scandal. This brought the total number of players charged to nine.