Former Miami Dolphin Will Allen gets six-year sentence

Will Allen
Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen, shown stretching before a 2009 game. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday sentenced former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen to six years in prison — and denied his request to remain free until after his Columbia University-bound son graduates from high school.

Allen, 38, was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme that raised money from investors who thought their cash was being loaned to pro athletes.

According to a report by Law360, Allen told the judge that his intentions to run a legit company went awry after a concert with Wyclef Jean flopped.

“I don’t doubt that you began this venture with good intentions,” U.S. District Judge William Young told Allen. “But you’re in denial, sir. The crimes here are the crimes of fraud. Lying.”

Allen’s public defender requested a 30-month sentence, while federal prosecutors wanted at 78-month term.

UPDATE: Allen’s co-defendant, Susan Daub, 56, also was sentenced to six years.

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Author: Jeff Ostrowski

Jeff covers the economy, banking and biotech for The Palm Beach Post.

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