Defensive defenders of the NFL, DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar, would be accused of having paid the victims of their alleged theft in exchange for having changed their stories.
The evidence gathered in the case against Baker, who plays for the New York Giants, and Dunbar of the Seattle Seahawks, would show that Dominic Johnson, a friend of the players, supervises a monetary exchange with the victims in the office of the lawyer of Dunbar, the New York Daily News reported on Friday, citing a police warrant.
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The four alleged victims of the Florida robbery told investigators that they were paid to reconsider their first testimony against Baker and Dunbar, according to the Daily News. There is video evidence to support these claims, the newspaper said.
According to the newspaper, Dunbar’s lawyer Michael Grieco, the friend who supervised the payments, another unidentified person and the victims were at Grieco’s office on May 15. The video would show that the money was exchanged. Johnson also allegedly admitted that he forced the victims to change their stories in a direct Instagram message.
The lawyers for Baker and Dunbar vehemently deny the reimbursement of the victims.
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“Law enforcement, local and federal, has been informed from day one and beyond that the” victims “alleged in this case are actively extorting Baker and Dunbar,” Grieco told The Seattle Times. “These men fabricated a story of theft after waiting an hour to call the police, and immediately started contacting the players asking for money.
“My office obtained accurate and truthful affidavits consistent with the independent testimony and the account of my client. These “victims” are seasoned career criminals who have been arrested and / or convicted of crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder to human trafficking to the filing of a false police report. Mr. Dunbar took and passed a polygraph confirming that he did not participate in or assist in any theft. ”
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Bradford Cohen, Baker’s lawyer, told ESPN he had been in contact with law enforcement regarding a blackmail campaign against his client. Cohen stated that no offer or payment had been made by Baker. He said the victims were proposing an “extortion plan”.
Dunbar and Baker are said to have been at a barbecue in May when a fight broke out, and Baker allegedly pulled out a handgun, according to the warrant. Baker, Dunbar and two other men have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars, watches and other valuables, witnesses told investigators.
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Dunbar was charged with four counts of armed robbery. Baker was charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in the incident.
Baker and Dunbar both apologized to their teams.