Second trial for father of former NFL player set for fall
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org May 3, 2013 10:38AM
Jeffrey D. Nicholls/Post-Tribune Xavier and Eugene Wilson Sr. will head to Houston Saturday to watch New England's Eugene Wilson in the Super Bowl.
Updated: June 7, 2013 6:09AM
The father of a former local NFL player will face his second trial in six months come September.
A federal judge on Thursday set Sept. 9 as the start of Eugene Wilson Sr.’s trial on eight counts of wire fraud.
Wilson was already convicted last month in the U.S. District Court in Hammond on four counts of evading federal laws that require banks to report withdrawals of more than $10,000. The jury believed the testimony of his friends who said he wrote them more than 30 checks worth just less than $10,000 so they could cash them and give him the money.
The money structuring counts were originally supposed to be tried with the wire fraud counts, but Wilson successfully moved to have them split, arguing the counts had nothing to do with each other.
The wire fraud counts claim Wilson defrauded his friends by telling them he could invest $1.5 million of their money; he instead spent the money on himself or wired it to overseas bank accounts, according to the indictment.
The money in the money structuring counts came from his son, Eugene Wilson Jr., who played in the NFL for the New England Patriots.
Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on the money structuring counts on June 20. He has filed a motion for acquittal or new trial on those counts.