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06-15-2007, 10:26 AM
Former NFL defensive lineman Sean Jones (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/200363) pleaded not guilty Thursday to bank fraud charges alleging he and four others ran a scheme to pocket portions of more than $42 million in mortgage loans.


Jones, handcuffed and chained at the waist, didn't comment during or after the arraignment aside from entering his plea. The other men in the case also entered not guilty pleas, and bond was set for $100,000 for all five.

Jones, now a 45-year-old sports agent living near Houston, played with the Los Angeles Raiders (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67050), Houston Oilers and Green Bay Packers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67046) from 1984-1996. According to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, the men face 12 counts of bank fraud, which carry a penalty of up to 30 years in prison.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith set an Aug. 6 trial date.

Prosecutors contend the men defrauded three Houston banks by acquiring mortgage loans far in excess of the properties' value and then diverting the money for personal use.

Also charged were Jerome Karam, an attorney and real estate developer; Tommy Jay Trammel and David Ranostaj, former loan officers with Southwest Bank of Texas, Bank of Houston and Whitney National Bank; and Jay Westrick, a real estate appraiser.

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