BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former NFL and University of Alabama linebacker has been charged with food stamp fraud and claiming the wrong woman as his wife on immigration forms.
Federal prosecutors accuse Saleem Abdul Rasheed of improperly claiming $5,551 in food stamps while he was working as a teacher for the Jefferson County Board of Education.
The lawsuit also alleges the 30-year-old Rasheed signed a Department of Homeland Security document for a woman he claimed was his wife while he was legally married to another woman.
Rasheed's attorney Michael Rasmussen says his client is cooperating with the government and expects a settlement.
The maximum sentence for food stamp fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while falsifying the document carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.