Former NFL player's father found guilty of not reporting money from son

2013-04-03T20:30:00Z 2013-04-03T22:31:12Z Former NFL player's father found guilty of not reporting money from sonJim Masters Times Correspondent
April 03, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The father of former NFL star Eugene Wilson II was found guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court of scheming to avoid legal reporting of money he received from his son.

Eugene Wilson Sr., 56, of Merrillville, was convicted on four counts of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements and aiding and abetting, according to court documents.

The convictions related to four separate transactions from the younger Wilson to his father totaling $191,300, said Mary Hatton, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Monetary transactions in excess of $10,000 are subject to federal bank reporting requirements.

The elder Wilson also was indicted Jan. 4 on eight counts of wire fraud. He was accused of siphoning about $1.5 million from investors between 2006 and 2008.

The court agreed to separate the wire fraud charges from the original 12-count indictment, Hatton said.

A sentencing date has not yet been set for the elder Wilson, who remained in federal custody Wednesday.

Eugene Wilson II, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, is a graduate of Merrillville High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His eight-year pro football career included winning Super Bowls with the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.

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