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Man pretending to be Mike Rumph arrested for identity theft

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Football players are often easy targets for impersonators, as they wear helmets for a living and don’t have the same kind of face-recognition other athletes might.

And it helps when the crook has the same name.

According to the Associated Press, a man named Michael Rumph was arrested for pretending to be former NFL cornerback Mike Rumph, for the purposes of renting a home on Long Island.

Local prosecutors say the man pleaded not guilty to¬†identity theft, criminal impersonation and possessing a forged instrument, and he’s free on $500 bond. They said the man had a pair of forged pay stubs, and a letter claiming to be from his employer.

The real Mike Rumph was a first-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, and played for the 49ers, Washington, and briefly with the Rams, before retiring in 2008.

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7 Responses to “Man pretending to be Mike Rumph arrested for identity theft”
  1. amaf21 says: Apr 29, 2015 6:22 AM

    *Washington Redskins

  2. watters7 says: Apr 29, 2015 7:45 AM

    Jason Sehorn also impersonated an NFL cornerback.

  3. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 29, 2015 8:23 AM

    For punishment they should make the guy run the ball behind Jacksonville’s offensive line.

  4. jacobslatter says: Apr 29, 2015 8:51 AM

    “Hi ! My name is Michael Carmine Florio, and I’d like to put my Rent-A-Center purchase on layaway…”

  5. grumpyoleman says: Apr 29, 2015 8:53 AM

    I thought the San Fran team reached on Rumph in the first round that year. He was traded to the Redskins for another player drafted too high. Neither player ever did much mostly due to injuries.

  6. corvetteman6 says: Apr 29, 2015 12:23 PM

    it’s ok. Rumph impersonated an NFL player for five years, too.

  7. jbraider says: Apr 29, 2015 2:35 PM

    I would like to see the legal penalties strengthened significantly. On the rare occasion that a perpetrator of identity theft is actually caught, I’d like to see all their assets seized and given to their victims, and them sent to jail for 15+ years.

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