Rutgers Football Players Facing Charges

Reporter: THE NEWS COMES WITH THE FOOTBALL SEASON AROUND THE CORNER THE FIRST GAME IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SATURDAY

THE CHARGES STEM FROM THE INVESTIGATION WHICH BEGAN IN THE SPRING BY THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY POLICE WHO SAID THAT IT IS STILL ONGOING THESE MEN SUITED UP IN RED AND WHITE, CURRENT OR FORMER RUTGERS UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL PLAYERS THEY ARE CHARGED IN A CREDIT CARD FRAUD SCHEME YOU CAN SEE SEVEN OUT OF THE EIGHT MEN INVOLVED WE WERE UNABLE TO OBTAIN A PICTURE

THESE MEN ARE ACCUSED OF STEALING CARD INFORMATION AND TRANSFERRING FUNDS FOR PERSONAL USE THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE SAYS THAT THE PLAYERS PUT THE MONEY INTO VARIOUS RUTGERS EXPRESS ACCOUNT WHICH ALLOWS STUDENTS TO USE THEIR SCHOOL IDENTIFICATION AS DEBIT CARDS PROSECUTORS SAY THE ACTIVITY TOOK PLACE WHILE THAT NUMBERS WERE STUDENTS FROM APRIL UNTIL MAY ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT THEFT BY DECEPTION OTHERS ARE FACING OTHER CHARGES SUCH AS MONEY LAUNDERING

PROSECUTORS SAY THAT DURING THE WORST OF THE INVESTIGATION, FOUR OF THE PLAYERS LEFT THE TEAM WE REACHED OUT TO THE UNIVERSITY THE DIRECTOR OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THAT WE ARE DISAPPOINTED AND FRUSTRATED WE HAVE BEEN WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO BUILD A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT AND THIS NEWS DETRACTS FROM THE GREAT STRIDES WE HAVE MADE