Former Viking gets 15 months for fraud

Published On: Oct 27 2012 11:46:31 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A former NFL first-round draft pick has received a 15-month federal sentence for taking part in a Florida fraud scheme.

Michael Bennett received the sentence Friday in a Fort Lauderdale federal court. He pleaded guilty three months ago to wire fraud.

The 34-year-old Bennett was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002 and played for six teams, last appearing for the Oakland Raiders in 2010.

Prosecutors say the FBI operated an undercover check-cashing store in North Miami used by Bennett, two other former football players and five others from February through April. The group allegedly cashed about $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund checks.

Former Raiders and New York Giants defensive tackle William Joseph and former Syracuse player Louis Gacheline have also pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.

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