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Government seeks Saints assistant’s 2009 rings

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When Saints assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones received a sentence of three years’ probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to filing two fraudulent loan applications, he also agreed to make restitution in the amount of $1.148 million.

As we said at the time, “Unless being an assistant defensive line coach pays a lot better in New Orleans than elsewhere, it won’t be easy for Jones to raise that money.”

Apparently, it’s not easy to raise the money, and it has prompted the U.S. government to commence an effort to obtain his 2009 NFC title game ring and his Super Bowl XLIV ring.

In an Application for Writ of Execution filed earlier this week, a copy of which PFT has obtained, the prosecution contends that Jones has paid only $3,190, and that he still owes more than $1.145 million, and the prosecution asks for an order permitting authorities to confiscate both rings from Jones.

Meanwhile, we’re now even more confused as to why Jones agreed to $1.148 million in restitution when he was in position to pay only $3,190.  We’re also confused as to why the government agreed to a sentence including that amount of restitution when Jones obviously doesn’t have the money to satisfy the debt.

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16 Responses to “Government seeks Saints assistant’s 2009 rings”
  1. waynefontes says: May 20, 2011 6:29 PM

    Our taxpayer dollars hard at work.

  2. jpmelon says: May 20, 2011 6:33 PM

    It’s not the first time a judge did something stupid. The guy breaks the law, and the justice system does whatever it can to ruin his life. Probably not the best solution, but I’m sure it will get the judge reelected.

    100 hours of community service is a joke. Especially for a guy who doesn’t work at least 5 months of the year.

  3. thephantomstranger says: May 20, 2011 6:34 PM

    “We’re also confused as to why the government agreed to a sentence including that amount of restitution when Jones obviously doesn’t have the money to satisfy the debt.”

    The government doesn’t have the money to satisfy its own debt and it keeps spending money. Why would they think it would be a problem for anyone else?

  4. reallionnaire says: May 20, 2011 6:50 PM

    Strange, they don’t realize that those aren’t his rings, just like that’s not his Escalade… All of that belongs to “his wife” he just has occasional use of them!

    They put the plea agreement in front of him and he said how much jail, his lawyer said hopefully none if we sign right now, he couldn’t sign fast enough!
    The restitution amount is probably the loss incured by the lender….who no doubt was reimbursed by their insurance, who no doubt filed a claim with the FDIC…. That’s who he’ll be paying restitution to.
    Tell Benson to give him replacements.

    http://www.reallionnaire.blogspot.com

  5. txresident says: May 20, 2011 6:57 PM

    The government is actually pretty patient – they don’t care if it takes you FOREVER.

    The terms of the repayment are: Any amount that remains unpaid when the defendant’s supervision commences it to be paid on a monthly basis at a rate of AT LEAST 10% OF THE DEFENDANT’s GROSS INCOME. AND at least 50% of receipts received from gifts, tax returns, inheritances, bonuses, lawsuit awards, and ANY OTHER receipt of money (to include, but not limited to, gambling proceeds, lottery winnings, and found money) must be paid toward the unpaid restitution balance with 15 days of recepit. To help you reach your goal, they also won’t let you get any take on any new credit until you pay them back.

    Of all the indicted inviduals, Mr. Jones may be the only one with the ability to pay this off in his lifetime.

  6. MCxShow says: May 20, 2011 7:00 PM

    You mean his Super Bowl XLIV ring.

  7. melonnhead says: May 20, 2011 7:10 PM

    Millions were stolen from lenders as a result of the scam that this fool participated in. I would think that Jones agreed to the restitution as part of a plea deal that kept his criminal ass out of prison.

    Nobody cares about this 30-something and his fraudulent scams, though. Let’s talk about Dez Bryant!

  8. duanethomas says: May 20, 2011 7:38 PM

    He didnt think the government was serious, I bet he hasn’t done 10 community hours. Only paid 3,100 out of a million dollard judgement? Uncle Sam is not got going anywhere and will not forget. If he doesn’t take this serious he’s going to end up in federal prison. Stupid Coach.

  9. grudenthediva says: May 20, 2011 7:45 PM

    Ah, the ensuing comments should be hilarious.

    “Rabble rabble rabble, government bad, injustice being done!!! Time to kick some ass!!”

    ::goes back to scratching balls after finishing off the jumbo-sized bag of Fritos during Entertainment Tonight::

  10. thefiesty1 says: May 20, 2011 8:30 PM

    Typical. Even the assistant coaches don’t know how to handle money. How can the players be expected to manage their millions.

  11. trailerdawg says: May 20, 2011 8:56 PM

    These are the same lenders who got a 700 billion dollar bail out. I could care less if he ever paid them a dime. He may be guilty of fraud, they are guilty of milking the rest of us out of 700 billion dollars and destroying our economy. I hate lenders they will do everything in there power to rob a homeowner of there equity on a refinance. They will take all the profit from a seller on the sale of his house by cutting his appraisal to a fraction of it value. These guys are getting away with robbery right now. The real estate community didn’t get a bail out the investor in real estate didn’t get a bail out. I think these guys are paid in full. I have no sympathy for lenders in this country, they all have been the perpetuators of fraud on the American people

  12. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: May 20, 2011 9:09 PM

    After pleading guilty to filing two fraudulent loan applications, he said:

    “Sure, I can pay that back. No problem. Look, here is my financial statement.”

  13. rcali says: May 20, 2011 9:39 PM

    I’m guessing the government let him off light as long as he promised to teach them how to lie on loan documents to pay off the national debt. Now that’s change to believe in.

  14. bigbeefyd says: May 20, 2011 10:48 PM

    @reallionnaire says – FDIC insurance only cover $250K. I’m a banker…this I know.

  15. freedomispopular says: May 20, 2011 11:26 PM

    And I’m confused as to how a Super Bowl ring could even cost remotely near $1.48 million.

  16. bluefan204 says: May 21, 2011 7:56 AM

    jpmelon says: May 20, 2011 6:33 PM

    It’s not the first time a judge did something stupid. The guy breaks the law, and the justice system does whatever it can to ruin his life.

    Sounds to me like the guy did something stupid and ruined his OWN life. How is the judge to blame, and how is it that a guy who coaches in the NFL only has $3k in the bank? This is the price you pay for being a complete moron with your money.

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