Student Athlete Ate Cheesesteaks Purchased With Stolen ID Card

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Antonio ‘Scoop’ Jardine allowed his cousin to purchase more than $100 worth of food and drinks on a stolen Syracuse [University] student identification card, according to court documents.

The suspended freshman on the Syracuse [University] (SU) men’s basketball team helped his cousin, Robert Washington, carry the food into his apartment and later tried to cover his involvement up. Jardine did not eat any of the purchased food.Jardine will not be charged with a crime, police officials told The Post-Standard on Wednesday.

Washington, 40, of Philadelphia, was arraigned Tuesday in Syracuse City Court on felony charges of second-degree forgery and fourth-degree larceny and a misdemeanor count of third-degree identity theft.He was released on bail from the Justice Center in Syracuse on Wednesday, The Post-Standard reported.

First chief assistant District Attorney Domenic Trunfio declined to comment to The Daily Orange Wednesday, but he did say Jardine’s case has been turned over to university officials.

SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Sunday that Jardine, a starting shooting guard, was suspended indefinitely by the university for violating school policy, although he remains enrolled at Syracuse. Several inquiries to Syracuse’s Judicial Affairs office were not returned.

Since the announcement, Jardine has not practiced with the team and did not make the trip to Chicago for the Orange’s 60-55 win at DePaul Wednesday night. Boeheim did not address Jardine’s status in his postgame press conference.

The investigation began on Jan. 24. Washington admitted in a four-page written statement he ordered $115.65 worth of food from Goldstein Student Center Jan. 13 and had it delivered to Jardine’s apartment on Winding Ridge Road on South Campus.

Jardine was also present when the decision to use the stolen ID card was made, and his cell phone was used to order the food, according to the court documents. Washington signed the receipt, forging the name on the card.

‘Scoop and I knew this was wrong, but we didn’t think it was this serious,’ Washington said in his statement. ‘If we knew it was this serious we wouldn’t have done any of this.’

When the food – which included ‘Gatorade, juice, Philly cheese steak sandwiches and hamburgers’ – was delivered, Jardine helped carry it into his apartment.

Jardine’s role, however, was too minor to pursue prosecution.

Washington said he and two women first used the card Jan. 13 to buy breakfast at Goldstein on South Campus. One of the women had found the card at Denny’s Restaurant.

‘I ate a Philly cheese steak and juice,’ Washington said in the statement. ‘The girls ate Philly cheese steak, burgers and juice. Scoop didn’t eat or drink anything.’

The card belonged to Syracuse senior Amani Herron. Several calls to Herron were not returned.

According to the court documents, Washington took a bus from Philadelphia to visit Jardine on Jan. 9 and stayed at his apartment until Jan. 15. Washington then returned to Philadelphia and came back up to Syracuse eight days later but did not stay at Jardine’s apartment.

The Syracuse athletics department has its own discipline policy in addition to any punishment handed down by the university. Jardine’s fate will now likely be decided in a hearing before the university’s Judicial Review Board.

Jardine has started 10 games for Syracuse this season, averaging 5.2 points and 2.5 assists per game. He took over Eric Devendorf’s starting spot when the junior guard tore his ACL on Dec. 15.


Convictions and €23 Million Fine in Adulterated Butter Case

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Brussels — The Magistrates Court in Créteil (France) has imposed suspended prison sentences on the managers of a dairy company found guilty of selling products manufactured using adulterated butter. The defendants will also have to pay back over €23 million in unlawfully obtained European subsidies.

The judgment is the result of an international investigation in which the European Anti Fraud Office (OLAF) has played an active part, providing back-up for national investigations in France, Italy, Belgium and Germany.

The aim of the investigations was to uncover and prosecute offences involving the production and distribution of adulterated butter on the European market. The Director-General of OLAF, Franz-Hermann Brüner commented “it … shows that OLAF’s work cannot always be expected to bring results overnight. The facts put before the court date back to the end of the 1990s and OLAF provided back-up for the investigations conducted by the national authorities in four Member States for a number of years.”

On 22 November 2007 the Créteil Magistrates Court sentenced the defendants to eight months’ and five months’ imprisonment respectively for selling goods under false pretences [i.e. products which should not have been designated as butter]. However, the Court acquitted the defendants of the charge of offence of conspiracy to defraud, which involved adulterated industrial butter bought at the end of the 1990s by French firms from Italian companies with links to the world of organised crime.

OLAF operations in the adulterated butter case [included] the Serious Financial Crime Office of the French Judicial Police (Office de Répression de la Grande Délinquance Financière de la Police Judiciaire française), the Naples Prosecutor’s Office and the Guardia di Finanza (the Italian Revenue Police). Criminal proceedings are currently pending in Italy (Naples) and Belgium (Verviers and Veurne). The German authorities have not opened criminal proceedings but have recovered Community subsidies totalling €150 000.


Barefoot Girl Robs Burger King at Knifepoint to Get Cheeseburger


Tampa, Florida (WTSP) – Tampa Police say a 13-year-old girl who just got out of Juvenile Detention robbed a Burger King Restaurant at knife point. But all she demanded was a cheeseburger. This happened around 9:30 Friday morning at the Burger King at 2601 E. Hillsborough Ave.

Police say the 13-year-old girl was just released from the Juvenile Assessment Center at 8:00 a.m. They say shortly after arriving home, she picked up a kitchen knife and walked to a nearby Burger King while wearing pajamas, socks and no shoes.

Officers say she confronted an employee, Ian Bowers, at the rear entrance to the business. She allegedly showed him her kitchen knife and yelled “Give me a burger!” Bowers tried to run away, but the suspect pushed through the rear door and chased after him with her knife in the air. A witness heard the suspect yelling, “Give me a (expletive) cheeseburger now!”

The suspect chased Bowers through the kitchen before she was subdued by other employees and held for police. No one was injured. The suspect told investigators she committed this offense simply because she was hungry and wanted a burger. She was taken back to the JAC and charged with armed burglary, armed robbery, and violation of home detention.