South Dakota Football Player Charged With Tax Fraud

By Amanda Staver

Four former and one current South Dakota Coyotes football players are being indicted by a federal grand jury for tax fraud conspiracy. They are being accused of stealing identities and filing tax returns, getting over $500,000 in cash before the IRS caught on to their scheme.

Christopher Lundy, a 20-year old sophomore who plays defensive back for the Coyotes was arrested on Thursday, as well as track star, Terry Liggins.

Lundy’s profile page on USD’s website describes him as an agile and quick defensive back. He redshirted his first season and played in only one game last year. In high school, he posted 71 tackles, five interceptions and two pass deflections to lead Hillsborough County in picks and earn honorable mention all-state honors. He also was a three-year starter and finished with 12 career interceptions and also earned all-state honors in track and field.

A spokesperson for the Coyotes said no disciplinary action has been taken yet against the current athletes, but Lundy will sit out this weekend’s game against South Dakota State Jackrabbits. “The university feels it’s best for him not to play.” Well, that’s probably a smart move, wouldn’t you think? If convicted, it carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The identity theft charge is a 2-year max punishment.

The Coyotes are an abysmal 1-9 on the season and are members of the Missouri Valley Conference. The game this weekend is the last of the season for the Coyotes.


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