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“Longtime friend” who stole from Coco Crisp convicted of fraud and identity theft

Jul 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Via the Associated Press comes this odd story about Coco Crisp and how friends become former friends:

A longtime friend of Coco Crisp was convicted Thursday of 14 counts of fraud and identity theft for running up about $30,000 on the Oakland Athletics outfielder’s credit card without his permission. … Prosecutors said Marcus Andrews, who grew up with Crisp in Southern California, began using the outfielder’s American Express card without his knowledge in November 2010.

According to police Marcus Andrews charged about $25,000 worth of gift cards under Crisp’s name and now faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 20 years in prison. But wait, there’s more:

It wasn’t until Crisp’s wife noticed the purchase of a shotgun and a 9mm handgun on their statement did the couple realize someone was fraudulently using their credit card, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Pilgrim.” Marcus Andrews had a passion for guns,” Pilgrim said.

Sure, why wouldn’t he?

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I think Crackle had something to do with this.

    • wendell7 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      with friends like that, who needs enemas?

    • ptfu - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Oh snap! He got popped!

  2. cur68 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I thought he had “Secret Service” guys looking out for him? So first they let him drink and drive, now it comes out that they let his credit card be stolen and used for years? Worst Secret Service guys ever.

  3. bigharold - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Look I know ball players make a lot of money but it took an unusual purchase to tip then off?

    If somebody spent 30K of my money I think I’d know in a hurry.

    • mattyflex - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      For what it’s worth, it was $30,000 over almost two years.

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