Former lineman sentenced for fraud

Former Syracuse University lineman Louis Gachelin has been
sentenced to 28 months in federal prison in an undercover FBI tax
fraud investigation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that the 31-year-old Gachelin
was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty in July to theft of
government money and identity theft.

After leaving Syracuse, Gachelin played professionally in
Europe.

The FBI operated an undercover check-cashing store in North
Miami used by Gachelin and seven others, including two former NFL
players. The group cashed about $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund
checks.

Running back Michael Bennett, once a Minnesota Vikings
first-round pick who played for several teams, was sentencted to 15
months for his part. Former Oakland Raiders and New York Giants
defensive tackle William Joseph has pleaded guilty to charges and
awaits sentencing.