Michael Bennett gets 15 months in prison for fraud

Michael Bennett gets 15 months in prison for fraud
October 28, 2012, 12:45 am
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Michael David Smith
Former Pro Bowl running back Michael Bennett, who played 10 seasons in the NFL, claims that financial desperation led him to commit fraud. That fraud will put him in prison for 15 months.The Sun-Sentinel reports that Bennett was sentenced to a year and three months in federal prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Bennetts crime involved filing false tax returns in other peoples names and then stealing their identities to take their tax refunds.Bennett was a first-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2001 and a Pro Bowler in 2002, and although he was mostly a backup for the second half of his career, he collected NFL paychecks until 2010 and made millions of dollars in his career. Its unclear why he was in a state of financial desperation.READ MORE AT ProFootballTalk.com