Ex-NFL Player Accused Of Stealing $100,000 From NFL Players Trust Fund

Jameel Cook is accused of fraudulently taking $100,000 from the fund.

Houston, TX Former NFL fullback Jameel Cook is accused of stealing more than $100,000 by filing fraudulent claims for medical and other expenses.

The money came from a fund set up for retired pro football players.

Cook, 39, last played in the NFL in 2008.

He allegedly put in for the false claims for benefits from the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account, according to the Associated Press.

Cook was charged Friday with securing the execution of documents by deception, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. Thats a third-degree felony. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said that Cook, who lives in Montgomery, Texas, put in 30 fraudulent claims from March 2016 to September 2017.

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Cook was drafted by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2001 draft. In the NFL, he played fullback and caught 84 passes for 510 yards over his eight year NFL career. He rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries in his career. Cook was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 Super Bowl team.

This isnt Cooks first encounter with the police.

In 2008, he was charged with possession of marijuana, according to the News-Gazette. Cook was pulled over and had marijuana in his car.

The charge was dropped when there was not enough evidence to show Cook knew he had marijuana in his car. Cook also faced charges of driving with an invalid license, failure to maintain car insurance, no front license plate and an expired inspection sticker.

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans fullback Jameel Cook is in some hot water with the law.

A decade after retiring from the NFL, the Super Bowl champion is now facing the possibility of spending the next decade in prison.

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An original sixth-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2001, Cook won a Super Bowl title as a part-time starter with the team the following season. He spent a total of six seasons in Tampa and another two in Houston before his career came to an end following the 2008 season.

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Cook, 39, was charged by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas with allegedly stealing north of $100,000 in cash from a trust meant for injured former NFL players.

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Jameel Antwon Cook allegedly submitted false claims for benefits from the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account.

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Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg in Houston said Friday that Cook is charged with securing the execution of documents by deception, a third-degree felony.

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Cook played from 2001-08 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans. He lives in Montgomery, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.

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If convicted, Cook faces up to 10 years in prison.

Court records didn’t list an attorney for Cook.