User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


13° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Fmr. USD Football Player Pleads Guilty To ID Theft

August 25, 2014, 5:50 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Fmr. USD Football Player Pleads Guilty To ID Theft
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A former University of South Dakota football player has admitted he was part of a large tax fraud scheme.

Christopher Lundy, 23, is one of nearly a dozen suspects arrested as part of the conspiracy. He admits he stole birthdates and Social Security numbers, which were used to file bogus tax returns.
    
Lundy is one of at least five USD football players who were caught up in the tax fraud ring. Investigators say they filed $1 million in tax return claims and were paid out a half-million dollars before they were caught.

On Monday, Lundy admitted in federal court that he emailed names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of six different people to other co-conspirators in the tax fraud ring who used the information to file false tax returns.

The crimes happened while Lundy was a member of the University of South Dakota football team.  After the allegations surfaced during the 2012 season, Lundy was not allowed to play against rival South Dakota State.

2012 Story: Six Current, Former USD Athletes Charged 

Lundy pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in court Monday, which carries a two year federal prison sentence. But Lundy said in court he didn't know the identity theft was part of a tax fraud scheme. He said he just knew he was going to get paid.

"I knew it was to get money. I didn't understand the depth of the tax returns and all that," Lundy told Judge Karen Schreier.

Lundy said he was paid a 'couple hundred' dollars for the identities that he turned over to the other suspects in the case.

He's the sixth person to plead guilty.

The others who have already pleaded guilty are:

  • Charlie Adams
  • Melissa Dinataly
  • Dametrius Turner
  • Raunta Ellison
  • Nathan Singletary III

Three of those co-defendants have also pleaded guilty to identity theft and been sentenced to two years in prison. It’s the same fate that awaits Lundy when he's sentenced in November.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Semis Crash When Both Don't Fit Under Overpass

2/23/2015 12:32 PM

A semi driver had to be taken to the hospital following a crash on Interstate 90.

Full Story
Two New Members Join The KELOLAND Family

2/23/2015 4:41 PM

The KELOLAND family grew by two over the weekend.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
1 Dead, Others Injured In 3-Car Crash Near Pierre

2/21/2015 10:17 AM

The three vehicles collided east of the capital city on Highways 14 and 83.

Full Story
Huron Woman Dies In 3-Car Crash Near Pierre

2/21/2015 5:02 PM

A three-vehicle crash left one woman dead and five people hurt Friday.

Full Story


Events