Wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett are among nine University of Florida players facing multiple third-degree felony charges on the heels of alleged credit card fraud, multiple outlets reported Monday.
Callaway and Scarlett join five other suspended players in facing two third-degree felonies: fraud/swindle in obtaining property under $20,000 and use or possession of another person's ID without consent.
Defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston IV and Ventrell Miller, wide receiver Rick Wells and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort are also facing the third-degree felony counts, according to Alachua County (Fla.) Circuit Court records, per the Orlando Sentinel.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith is facing three additional felony counts of use or possession of another person's ID without consent.
The players are accused of using multiple credit cards from multiple victims. Callaway transferred $1,970 from a stolen credit card to his University of Florida account and Scarlett transferred $1,940 to his account, making one fraudulent transaction apiece, according to State Attorney Bill Cervone.
"Well, obviously, know this: I really care about those guys. We're going to do right by them," Gators coach Jim McElwain was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel during a press conference Monday as the felony charges were first publicly posted in the court system.
"You're asking me something, which this is the first I've heard about it. Obviously, we sit down as a staff, we sit down as an administration. Obviously, the university first and what that is. Yet, at the end of the day I'll do everything I can to help these guys."