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Former Bills guard charged with insurance fraud over AFC title ring

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A former Bills player  — who once scammed a convicted scammer — has been charged with a new case of insurance fraud.

According to KTSP, former Buffalo offensive lineman Brent Griffith has been charged with one count of felony insurance fraud after claiming someone stole his 1990 AFC Championship ring.

Griffith claimed someone stole the ring on a Sun Country Airlines flight in 2013, and then made a $5,000 insurance claim. But he was later shown wearing the ring in a Facebook photo.

Griffith’s charges stemmed from his ex-wife calling the insurance company to rat him out, saying he lied about the ring being stolen and that he continued to wear it. The insurance check was made out to both Griffith and his ex-wife, but she said she never signed the check and he cashed it without her knowledge. The complaint pointed to a July 2015 Facebook post which shows him wearing the ring.

In March, investigators searched his home but did not find the ring. He’s due in court July 11, and his lawyer issued a statement saying he was innocent.

Griffith was a seventh-round pick of the Bills out of Minnesota-Duluth, and he spent just the one year with the Bills. He returned to Minnesota and eventually worked as a police officer in Eden Prarie, and as a security guard for the Vikings. During that time, he was charged with fraudulently obtaining credit cards in the name of then-Vikings running back Michael Bennett.

That’s sort of funny, in part because Bennett was just sentenced to five years for burglary and identity theft, after stealing documents of his girlfriend’s parents to obtain $225,000 in loans.

Griffith was also accused in the theft of nearly 1,500 game tickets, and when authorities searched his work locker, they found personal information from several players.

Besides, who really wants to wear a ring for losing a Super Bowl?

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16 Responses to “Former Bills guard charged with insurance fraud over AFC title ring”
  1. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 14, 2017 12:22 PM

    Hell hath no fury

  2. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 14, 2017 12:25 PM

    Not surprising at all. MN people tend to be dishonest.

  3. unclebluck says: Jun 14, 2017 12:28 PM

    Its not a ring for losing a SB. Its a ring for winning a conference championship…..if you were an ACTUAL journalist or someone with a brain you would know that….

  4. purpleguy says: Jun 14, 2017 12:50 PM

    Huh, I didn’t know UMD produced an NFLer. Usually us Minnesotans simply scam the types that are easiest to fool — they live in Wisconsin.

  5. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Jun 14, 2017 1:03 PM

    Lol. Hes a triple threat scammer

  6. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 14, 2017 1:07 PM

    Facebook ruins everything.

  7. eaglesw00t says: Jun 14, 2017 1:12 PM

    Besides, who really wants to wear a ring for losing a Super Bowl?


    A 7th round pick that only played 1 year and works as a security guard…

  8. sportoficionado says: Jun 14, 2017 1:13 PM

    like Inception but with criminals and not dreams?

  9. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Jun 14, 2017 1:21 PM

    Scammed a scammer, gotta love it..

  10. whodat5150 says: Jun 14, 2017 1:40 PM

    “Besides, who really wants to wear a ring for losing a Super Bowl?”


    I heard this little nugget about Coach Belichick, after receiving his fifth ring the other day. WHENEVER Belichick wears a Super Bowl ring, he ALWAYS wears one the losing AFC championship rings, as a reminder to stay humble and hungry.

  11. weepingjebus says: Jun 14, 2017 1:47 PM

    I’m often impressed by how hard some people work to not work hard.

  12. stipez says: Jun 14, 2017 1:52 PM

    NEVER tell your girl what you’re doing. EVER. Someday she might not be your girl.

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jun 14, 2017 2:20 PM

    Culturally, it certainly sounds like the Vikings are morally bankrupt. They hire Griffith to a security position only to find out later that he is involved with a fraudulent credit card scheme with a Viking player who is later convicted of burglary. What’s next? are they going to charge the head coach with illegally selling his Superbowl tickets, nail another player for fraudulently using a device to cheat on a urine sample or fly out of state hookers in for a boat ride?

    Oh wait, that already happened? Never mind.

  14. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Jun 14, 2017 2:34 PM

    I wonder if he will get fired from his Security Guard job?

  15. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 14, 2017 3:48 PM

    “Besides, who really wants to wear a ring for losing a Super Bowl?”

    I know. I get it.

    It’s like who wants to hang a participation banner for losing the AFC Championship game?

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 14, 2017 5:42 PM

    I think it is nice to see Fran Tarkenton’s legacy carried on…

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