Florida State receiver Da’Vante Phillips is facing five felony charges and has been suspended indefinitely.
Jim Henry of The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the junior receiver is facing charges of “cashing or depositing items with intent to defraud, grand theft.”
Phillips is scheduled an appearance Saturday in couort after bond was set at $1,000 for each charge, the Democrat reports.
FSU receiver Davante Phillips facing five felony charges, cashing or depositing items with intent to defraud, grand theft. Story forthcoming
— Jim Henry (@JimHenryTALLY) August 4, 2017
According to the police report, Phillips was charged with one count of grand theft and four counts of fraudulently making bank deposits with intent to defraud.
The Democrat, citing Leon Circuit Court records, reports Phillips bought four money orders for $485.89 at the Publix on Ocala Road last January, then altered each to the amount of $700.
He then deposited the altered checks into his bank account.
In February, Phillips told police his wallet had been stolen and transactions to his account had been made.
The Democrat revealed 14 transactions on Jan. 19.
“Of the 14 charges, four were for $700. The other charges ranged from $108.84 to $101.28. The fraudulent activity began Jan. 13, 2017 and ended Jan. 19, 2017, with paid transactions, according to court records.”
The school released a statement saying the suspension was “in accordance with athletic department policy” and that coach Jimbo Fisher would have no further comment.
The Publix in question has been the stage for a Florida State story before.
In May 2014, former Seminoles quarterback and Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for shoplifting approximately $32 worth of crab legs .
Phillips has appeared in 19 games, recording five catches for 30 yards while mostly contributing on special teams.
Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the just-released coaches poll, and No. 3 Florida State open the season in Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. CT. on Sept. 2. It will air live on ABC.
ESPN’s Lee Corso confirmed to me in May that College GameDay will kick off the 2017 season in season-opener for both teams.
Check out the full report at Tallahassee.com.