According to Sports Illustrated, two dozen Fresno State football players have been tied to welfare fraud along with a Department of Social Services worker. Allegations surround the 2010 team, some of whom are on the team this season.
An investigator with the DA’s office secured a search warrant on Aug. 11 for the home of Michael Martin, 51, who for 11 years was an eligibility specialist for the county’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The county social services department reported that Martin could be applying fraudulently for Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for a number of people ineligible for assistance, according to information on a search warrant for his apartment.
According to ABC-30 in Fresno:
The investigation found a total of $39,267 in CalFresh benefits was issued to these ineligible collegiate athletes.
The names of the players are not listed in the report’s findings and it’s unclear whether the athletes were aware they did not meet the criteria to get these benefits.
[SI.com via Twitter, ABC-30, Getty]