Seven of the nine Florida football players suspended for possible credit card fraud have agreed to pretrial interventions with the State Attorney’s Office that could lead to third-degree felony complaints against them being dropped.
If the seven meet the requirements of their intervention, the charges eventually will be dropped.
Those offered pretrial intervention were wide receiver Antonio Callaway, running back Jordan Scarlett, linebacker James Houston, wide receiver Rick Wells, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones and defensive end Keivonnis Davis.
Each case will be presented to court over the next few weeks for formal approval.
There is still no timetable for their possible return to the team.
“We’ve been made aware of some updates in the legal process and there are still steps to go that include the University student conduct code,” UF coach Jim McElwain said in a statement released by the school.
State Attorney Bill Cervone released the following statement Thursday afternoon: “After reviewing the facts involved, the relative roles and culpability of the various defendants, and their individual backgrounds, seven of the defendants have been identified as being qualified for participation in a statutory felony Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program
“This program reflects the legislative intent and policy of the State of Florida mandating that offenders such as these defendants be given an opportunity to avoid potential lifelong consequences associated with a felony prosecution and conviction, provided that they comply with program requirements.
“PTI is in essence a voluntary probation for an initial term of 12 months, after the successful conclusion of which charges are dismissed without any legal findings.”
Those seven players were all charged with two third-degree felonies in a sworn complaint filed by University Police on Sept. 25 for fraud under $20,000 and using another person’s credit card without their consent.
The two other suspended players — defensive end Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort — are still being investigated by the State Attorney’s Office. Telfort is facing a possible 30 third-degree felony charges and Smith five.
Smith and Telfort made fraudulent charges to multiple stolen credit card numbers, according to the complaint.
Six of the seven other players — Callaway, Scarlett, Davis, Houston, Miller and Desir-Jones — all allegedly made a single charge to a stolen credit card number ranging from $500 to $2,000. Wells allegedly attempted to use the card twice.
All the players used a stolen credit card number to transfer funds to their UF Bookstore debit accounts, then using the funds to purchase various items, mostly electronics, according to the complaint. Smith allegedly made multiple transfers, while the other eight made a single transfer.
The nine players have been suspended from all team activity since before the start of the season.