The New Orleans woman charged last week with scamming Ricky Williams, Dennis Rodman and at least two other former professional athletes out of millions of dollars is out of jail on an unsecured bond and is due to appear in Houston's federal courthouse Thursday.
Peggy Ann Fulford will be represented by a federal public defender.
At a hearing in New Orleans after her arrest Friday, she agreed to pay a $25,000 bond if she fails to appear in court in connection with the charges against her.
Fulford, 58, is barred from leaving the country or working as a financial adviser while the case against her is pending, court records show.
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Meanwhile, a man who has been an agent for Travis Best — a onetime member of the NBA's Indiana Pacers — and a spokesman for Lex Hilliard, an ex-NFL teammate of Williams, said Monday that they are the two other former athletes allegedly victimized by Fulford who had not yet been identified.
An eight-count indictment handed up against Fulford last week named only one alleged victim: Williams, who played for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins between 1999 and 2010 after winning the Heisman Trophy at the University of Texas.
Soon after that, an attorney for Rodman — who won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons and three more titles with the Chicago Bulls — identified him as one of Fulford's alleged victims as well.
Before the feds charged her with fraud, Fulford — whose maiden name is Barard — graduated from New Orleans' Eleanor McMain High School. She later attended Atlanta's Spelman College and received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, according to a 1981 article in The Times-Picayune.
Fulford — who has been married five times and lost one of her husbands to a 1985 plane crash in Milwaukee — later developed close ties with a number of NFL and NBA personalities, one of her exes said Monday.
Stanley Williams, who said he married Fulford in 2002 and separated from her in 2008, recounted how he grew accustomed to seeing his former wife socialize with ex-New Orleans Hornets members such as Baron Davis, Chris Paul, Stacey Augmon and former coach Byron Scott.
Williams said he met Fulford at a fundraiser to which she was accompanied by Ricky Williams. He said he and Fulford shared a home in Miami that Best and Rodman regularly visited.
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"They were all inclined to believe her because the relationships were there," Stanley Williams said Monday. "And it's like they legitimized her because all of a sudden you would see her talking to Byron Scott on the sideline, while Chris Paul was in multiple meetings and so was Baron Davis."
However, federal authorities allege that Fulford misrepresented herself to at least some of the athletes with whom she did business. Fulford is accused of lying when she claimed she was a financial adviser and money manager who had studied law and business at Harvard.
Described as a onetime resident of Houston, she also is accused of lying when she said she would not charge fees to Williams, Rodman or the others to manage their money because she had already made a fortune buying and selling hospitals as well as Bahamas real estate. She claimed her sole interest was protecting her clients from going broke, the feds allege.
However, instead of using the athletes' money to pay off their bills, cover their income taxes or make retirement investments, she kept millions of dollars for herself and bought cars, jewelry, airline tickets and land, among other things, the feds alleged.
Ricky Williams and his wife, Kristin, sued Fulford in federal court in Houston in 2013, making claims that mirror some of the accusations in last week's indictment while alleging they had suffered $4 million in damages.
Best — who spent seven of his 10 NBA seasons beginning in 1995 with the Pacers and later played overseas — then filed a similar lawsuit against Fulford in state court in Miami in 2015.
About the same time that Best filed his lawsuit, an attorney for Rodman dismissed Fulford from working as the financial adviser to the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. That attorney, Bradford Cohen, also accused Fulford of being a thief in a letter that informed her of her firing.
Additionally, sports agent Gary Ebert on Monday credited Rebekah Hilliard — the wife of Lex Hilliard, a former Miami Dolphins running back and 2008 draft pick — with being the first to notice irregularities with the way Fulford managed money and suspected the worst.
"Rebekah was the first of all of us to call Peggy out on her bull****," Ebert said. "We were very disappointed to learn of the decision to release Ms. Fulford on (unsecured) bond. I feel she's a flight risk, and so do others."
Attempts to contact Fulford on Monday at a number of cellphone numbers linked to her were unsuccessful.
Firms she has run in the past include Premier Financial Management in Georgia as well as King Management Group and Associates in Florida.
Fulford could face up to 30 years in prison if she is convicted as charged of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and interstate transportation of stolen property.