Ex-Chicago Bears Fullback Admits Fraud

Prosecutors want him to do 16 months in prison for his role in $1.5 million scheme

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Roland Harper, an ex-Chicago Bears fullback who once charted running lanes for Hall of Famer Walter Payton, could find himself in prison for more than a year after admitting his involvement in a fraudulent scheme.

Harper pleaded guilty Tuesday to serving as "a front man in a fraud involving a $1.5 million Chicago Public Schools landscaping contract reserved for minority firms," the Associated Press reports.

From the Associated Press:

In his signed plea agreement, Harper admitted a firm, Monahan Landscape Co., which has a white owner, supplied the workers and equipment under the contract. Landscaper Aidan Monahan pleaded guilty in the case last week.

"Defendant would go to the office about twice a week, say hello to the workers at Monahan Landscape, then meet with co-defendant Monahan," the plea agreement said. "Typically, those meetings would not last long."

I stand corrected. Turns out there is a job easier than blocking for Walter Payton. Who knew?

According to federal guidelines, the prison term could be as long as 41 months. But prosecutors are asking for roughly 16, according to the AP. Sentencing is scheduled for mid-October.


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