A New Orleans woman charged with bilking millions of dollars from one-time Saints running back Ricky Williams, ex-NBA champion Dennis Rodman and two other professional athletes pleaded not guilty in Houston federal court on Thursday.
Peggy Ann Fulford, who is being represented by a public defender and is out on an unsecured bond of $25,000, received a tentative trial date of Feb. 6, court records show. If a trial is eventually held, it could last three weeks, court officials indicated.
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Now 58 and described as a former resident of Houston, Fulford ran financial management firms in Georgia and Florida but lied to her clients about having studied business and law at Harvard, authorities allege in an eight-count indictment that was handed up in Texas last week.
The native of New Orleans was hired by multiple athletes to pay off their bills, cover their income taxes and make retirement investments, among other things — but she is accused of keeping millions of dollars for herself and buying cars, jewelry, airline tickets and land. Court documents allege that Fulford received help from associates who have not yet been identified.
The indictment alleged there were at least four people fell victim to the scheme from about 2001 to 2014 but only named one: Williams, who won college football's Heisman Trophy at the University of Texas before playing for the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins.
But representatives have since identified the remaining sports figures whom they say Fulford is accused of bilking: Rodman, who won NBA titles with the Pistons and the Bulls; Travis Best, a former member of the Indiana Pacers; and Lex Hilliard, an ex-Dolphins teammate of Williams.
Fulford was arrested on Dec. 16 in New Orleans, where she is said to have grown up.
Accused of wire fraud, mail fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and money laundering, Fulford could face 30 years in prison if convicted as charged.
Update, Jan. 4, 2017: Fulford's tentative trial date of Feb. 6 was pushed back to May 15, according to court records. That date is also tentative.