Ex-NFL player charged with fraud over AFC title ring

Ex-NFL player charged with fraud over AFC title ring | Insurance Business

Ex-NFL player charged with fraud over AFC title ring
A former NFL player is facing a felony insurance fraud charge for allegedly filing a phony insurance claim over an AFC title ring he reported as stolen.

According to court records, Brent Dwayne Griffith, a former offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills, reported the ring missing in 2013, while returning from a trip to Mexico. Griffith, who currently lives in Minnesota, played for the Bills during their 1990 AFC championship season. Three days after reporting the ring missing, he allegedly filed an insurance claim with North Star Mutual Insurance.

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The ring was covered under Griffith’s homeowner’s policy, according to a report in the West Central Tribune, a local Minnesota paper. He received a payment for $4,780 from North Star Mutual.

However, in 2014, his wife at the time of the supposed theft – now his ex – contacted North Star and claimed Griffith still owned the ring. The case was handed to the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau, according to the Tribune. Griffith’s ex-wife told authorities that she had seen a Facebook photo in which Griffith appeared to be wearing the ring.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Griffith’s home, but did not find the ring, the Tribune reported. Griffith’s attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause.


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