CLEVELAND– Former Cleveland Browns player Reggie Rucker appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon.
Rucker pleaded guilty to wire fraud and making false statements to a federal officer. He admitted he used money donated to his charities for personal use, including thousands of dollars in gambling debts.
The wide receiver, who played with the Browns from 1975 to 1981, will likely spend 21 to 27 months in prison. Under a plea agreement, Rucker will have to pay restitution of $95,000 to $150,000.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Rucker used money from Amer-I-Can and Cleveland Peacemakers to pay his mortgage, dry cleaning and groceries from 2011 to 2015.
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