Ex-Vikings RB Michael Bennett Sentenced to Long Prison Term For Taking Out $225k in Loans in GF’s Parents Name
Former Minnesota Vikings RB Michael Bennett spent 10 years in the league and made a decent amount of money that should’ve lasted him the rest of his life, but apparently it wasn’t enough, so he started scamming.
“A former Vikings running back was sentenced Wednesday to five years in state prison after pleading no contest to felonies including burglary and identity theft.
Michael Antwon Bennett, 38, was sentenced for charges related to a 2015 incident in which he fraudulently took out $225,000 worth of loans in the name of his girlfriend’s parents, according to the Sonoma County district attorney’s office.
Bennett, a first-round pick by the Vikings in 2001 who also played for the Chiefs, Bucs and Chargers in his 10-year career, was living on his girlfriend’s parents property in 2015 when he broke into their home and stole documents he then used to steal their identities, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Bennett used the documents to take out loans against the value of his girlfriend’s parents home in their names, according to prosecutors. At the time, he was already on probation for a Florida wire fraud incident.”
Bennett pleaded no contest in late March to felonies including burglary, attempted theft from an elder, and identity theft.