A woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from former Saints receiver Robert Meachem was arrested Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Meachem hired Tonya Lynn Adkism in 2010 to manage his finances. Instead, she faces charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of all charges, Adkism faces more than 300 years in prison.
An agent for Meachem declined comment to the Associated Press.
The New England Patriots haven’t experienced a smooth-sailing offseason, but beyond controversy regarding Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and a tough March during which they lost key players Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis, New England signed a potentially high-impact pass-rusher at what appears to be a discounted rate.
That seems like a prudent move, since White has mostly been injured, and injury is the only thing the option is guaranteed for.
The former No. 7 overall pick has played five of a possible 48 games in his three pro seasons, and the Bears stacked in options at the position over him this year. They’ll still give him a chance to contribute, but he’s now in the mix with free agent pickups Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and second-round pick Anthony Miller.
If White somehow stays healthy and has a breakout season, he could cash in as a free agent next spring, but there’s little reason to expect that.
As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done. I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence.