- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A former University of South Dakota football player has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with a scheme that used stolen identities to fraudulently collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.

Christopher Lundy on Monday entered his guilty plea to aggravated identity theft. He now faces a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

Authorities say the Tampa, Florida, man was among 11 people, including other USD athletes, who were part of a ring that filed bogus income tax returns showing about $1.1 million in refunds due.

Two other men involved in the scheme were sentenced last month. Twenty-five-year-old Raunta Ellison was ordered to serve over five years in prison, while 23-year-old Dametrius Turner, a former cornerback for the Coyotes, was sentenced to 3 ½ years.