Eight Florida Gators players facing third-degree felony charges in fraud investigation

Wide receiver Antonio Callaway and starting tailback Jordan Scarlett are among eight suspended Florida Gators players facing multiple third-degree felony charges after a UF Police Department investigation into alleged credit card fraud.

Seven of the suspended players, including Callaway and Scarlett, are 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, and wide receiver Rick Wells are also facing the two third-degree felony counts, according to Alachua County (Fla.) Circuit Court records.

Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith, meanwhile, is facing three additional felony counts of use or possession of another person’s ID without consent.

State attorney Bill Cervone will decide whether to formally charge the players, after the UF Police Department filed sworn complaint affidavits Monday.

Last week, Cervone told ESPN that the case involved credit card fraud. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday.

“Whatever they bring to me, we’ll look at it and evaluate it as quickly as we can,” Cervone told ESPN last week. “It seems to be a garden-variety credit card fraud situation that we get all year long. I don’t think there’s anything exceptional here, other than maybe the people involved.”

Multiple sources told ESPN that UF police were investigating multiple purchases the players made at the university bookstore. None of the players has been criminally charged.

Florida officials announced Aug. 13 that Callaway and six other players had been suspended from playing in the season opener against Michigan in Arlington, Texas, and then added Scarlett and Wells to the list on Aug. 30. None of the suspended players have appeared in the Gators’ first three games.

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Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin and coach Jim McElwain couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The No. 21 Gators host Vanderbilt on Saturday (Noon ET, ESPN).

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