Former Jenkins County HS football stars Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach were among four Georgia players who were arrested Monday evening and charged with theft by deception. Also arrested were Bulldogs starting safety Tray Matthews and wide receiver Uriah LeMay.
University of Georgia chief of police Jimmy Williamson says an investigation found that three players - starting safety Tray Matthews, defensive linemen Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach - received double payments for stipend checks of $71.50 issued by the Georgia athletic department.
Williamson says the players deposited the paper checks through a mobile device and also cashed the checks at a convenience store.
Wide receiver Uriah LeMay was charged with cashing a roommate's check after the check already had been deposited through a mobile app.
All four players posted bond on Monday night and each are facing multiple misdemeanor charges. Taylor was an All-State player at Jenkins County and a member of the 2011 WJBF FFN/Carolina Panthers All-CSRA Football team. Taylor played in 10 games last season for Georgia as a reserve defensive lineman. Taylor's current roommate at UGA, linebacker James DeLoach, saw action in 18 games the past two seasons.
Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt released this statement Tuesday monring: "I'm aware of the situation and it will be handled in an appropriate way."
The Bulldogs start spring football practice today.
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