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Former NFL Player Sentenced to State Prison

Santa Rosa, CA  –  May 25, 2017  –  Defendant Michael Antwon Bennett, 38 years old, was sentenced today to five years in state prison by the Honorable Elliot Lee Daum.  Mr. Bennett pled no contest in late March of this year to several felony crimes including residential burglary, attempted theft from an elder adult in an amount exceeding $100,000, and identity theft.  

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Unfortunately the facts of this case fit a pattern we see all too frequently.  The defendant used a position of trust within this victim’s family to exploit and take advantage of them.  His actions clearly warrant a lengthy period of incarceration.”

In 2015 the two victims discovered that a loan had been taken out against a property they owned without their knowledge or consent.  Defendant was in a relationship and living with their daughter on the property at the time of the fraudulent loans.  Police discovered that Mr. Bennett had burglarized the victims’ main residence in order to obtain documents containing their personal identifying information.  Using this information, Mr. Bennett forged several legal documents and obtained two separate checks totaling approximately $225,000 against their home. 

Mr. Bennett is a former NFL player who had played for various teams including the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the San Diego Chargers, and the Oakland Raiders.  At the time of the present offense, Mr. Bennett was on federal probation for wire fraud.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Carla Rodriguez, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Matthew Stapleton.  Officer Tamara Shoemaker of the Petaluma Police Department headed the investigation.


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