BLOOMINGTON – Two members of last season’s IU football team, walk-on defensive backs Johnny Albomonte and Thomas Henderson, were both arrested on felony drug charges Friday.
According to a statement to IndyStar from Capt. Steve Kellams of the Bloomington Police Department, BPD’s special investigations unit executed an arrest warrant Friday at a Bloomington apartment.
“Detectives within the special investigations unit received and began an investigation regarding this residence,” Kellams said in an email. “Detectives purchased drugs on multiple occasions over the last month.”
Kellams said both Henderson and Albomonte were charged with dealing marijuana, a level 6 felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, also a level 6 felony.
Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud.
Star receiver Antonio Callaway, starting running back Jordan Scarlett are the two biggest names facing potential felonies. The other seven: receiver Rick Wells, defensive lineman Jordan Smith, linebacker Ventrell Miller, linebacker James Houston, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort.
The State Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file formal charges.
The players are accused of using credit cards they did not own to add to their bookstore debit accounts. They then used the extra money to buy electronics, which some players sold. Telfort faces 30 potential charges, and Smith faces 18. The others face two apiece.
Smith, for example, used credit cards to add $3,570 to his account and then made three bookstore purchases for $3,272.79, according to the sworn complaints. He also paid his $1,450 outstanding balance to UF’s transportation and parking.
Smith will also face a separate complaint from the Gainesville Police Department, which will allege that he used a stolen credit card to pay for rent at The Woodlands Apartment complex, according to the complaint.
Two other notable parts of the complaints: When the bookstore first found out about the discrepancies, it contacted the athletic department and the compliance office first.
The Gainesville Police Department concluded its investigation into Jordan Smith on Wednesday and has recommended two fraud complaints and two for larceny grand theft, all third-degree felonies, for attempted to use another person’s credit card without consent.
According to a police report, Smith used the credit card number of a Virginia man on July 31 to pay a $1,007.82 debt he had with The Woodlands, a Gainesville apartment complex. The man said he did not give Smith permission to use his credit card information nor did he know Smith or how Smith obtained his credit card information.
Those are in addition to the 18 third-degree felony charges the University of Florida Police Department recommended in relation to on-campus credit card fraud. According to the UFPD sworn complaint, Smith took $5,020 and bought two 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops at the bookstore along with various headphones. He also paid $1,450 to UF Parking and Transportation.
Smith was one of nine players involved in the monthlong UFPD investigation, which was completed Monday. A total of 62 third-degree felony charges were recommended for the nine players in the investigation, with Smith having 18 of those potential charges and freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort facing up to 30 charges.
Smith, along with the other eight players, have been suspended since before the season opener against Michigan and have not been part of team activities during the duration of the suspension. All nine players remain suspended while State Attorney’s Office reviews the case.
Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Maciah A. Long was dismissed from the football team after he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun and was arrested Sunday. Long, 19, was charged Monday with aggravated assault with use of a deadly weapon, a felony, and two misdemeanors, criminal damage to property and marijuana possession. According to Douglas County District Court documents, Long is also alleged to have damaged or destroyed the woman’s television.
UL football coach Mark Hudspeth and athletic director Bryan Maggard both apologized Wednesday for 13 football players at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft, as new details emerged in the case:
- Among the items allegedly stolen from another student’s Huger Hall dorm room, according to a property list report obtained from the ULPD, were: One Xbox game system, the Xbox games “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Metal Gear,” an LG-brand TV, a gold chain, an Aeropostale-brand watch, three pairs of Jordan shoes, two pairs of Adidas shoes, a Nike backpack, four pairs of boxers, eight-and-a-half pairs of socks, three coats, three dollar bills, a Ragin’ Cajuns hat, one ski cap, one pair of jeans, one belt, a training speed ladder, a toenail clipper and one bottle of hair lotion.