Former Wisconsin running back Michael Bennett, who starred for the Badgers in 1999 and 2000, was sentenced to five years in California state prison on Wednesday after pleading no contest to felony charges of burglary and identity theft, related to an incident in 2015.
Filipa Ioannou of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bennett committed fraud against the parents of his girlfriend by taking out $225,000 worth of loans in their names. He also reportedly broke into his girlfriend’s parents’ home and stole documents that he used to steal their identities.
In March, Bennett pleaded no contest to those charges as well as to charges of attempted theft of an elder.
“The defendant used a position of trust within this victim’s family to exploit and take advantage of them,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.
Bennett was a star running back for the Badgers. He rushed for 1,681 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2000.
He was picked 27th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. During a 10-year NFL career he played for five teams and amassed 3,703 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best season was 2002 when he rushed for 1,296 yards for the Vikings.