In a sidenote to the Michael Vick case, one of the first in possibly many coming, an associate of Vick and the Bad Newz Kennel’s operations, 67 yr old Oscar Allen, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce to aid in illegal gambling and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting – the same charges to which Vick and his three co-defendants in the Bad Newz Kennels operation pleaded guilty.

Allen admitted in a statement that he sold a female pit bull named Jane in 2001 to Bad Newz Kennels in rural Surry County, and traveled with Vick’s dogfighting associates to Jane’s fights.

Allen, who lives in the Williamsburg area, will be sentenced on Jan. 25, 2008 and faces the same penalties as Vick and his cohorts, a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Michael Gill recommended that Allen spend no time in prison if he complies with conditions of the plea agreement because Allen cooperated with the investigation, had no prior criminal record and had limited involvement with Bad Newz Kennels.

But U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson said he isn’t bound by that recommendation, and must take into account federal sentencing guidelines in the case.

In other words, as Hudson said as with Vick and his co-defendants, he can impose whatever sentence he deems necessary within federal guidelines, which may be more than the sentence recommended.

In 2003, Bad Newz Kennels entered Jane in a “champion dog fight” – meaning she was fighting for her third consecutive win. Jane won the “champion” purse in a fight over another female pit bull. The winning purse is not known, according to documents filed by prosecutors.

Allen also is accused of advising Vick and his co-defendants on managing and caring for pit bulls used in the rural Surry County dogfighting operation, and helping Vick and his associates pit their dogs against each other to determine which ones were good fighters, according to the document, filed by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Allen didn’t help kill the six to eight dogs that failed to perform well, prosecutors said.

One down and how many more to go? Only time will tell and considering that part of the plea agreements signed by Vick and cohorts, they have to cooperate which means give up names, dates and places, there may be many more facing charges.

And it looks like Vick is grappling to come up with cash as he put his Sugarloaf mansion up for sale at $4.5 million. The house, located on waterfront property in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth and featuring seven bedrooms and 8 1/2 bathrooms has an estimate $23K monthly mortgage payment and without all the lucrative endorsements and football salary, not to mentioned being sued by three different banks, I just don’t think Vick can swing that anymore.

Told you about Vick getting sued by two different banks, but now a third has chimed in and is suing him.

Wachovia Bank has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has defaulted on a $1.3 million loan for a wine store.

According to the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on Oct. 2, the bank loaned Vick, partner Gerald Frank Jenkins and Atlantic Wine & Package LLC the money on May 23, 2006, and that a default exists “when a material adverse change has occurred in the business or prospects of Defendant Vick, financial or otherwise, as determined by the bank in its sole discretion.”

On top of owing Wachovia “$937,907.61 in principal, along with interest and fees that totaled $1,876.60 on Oct. 2.The suit also claims that Atlantic Wine has multiple checking accounts with Wachovia, and that two of those accounts were overdrawn by a total of $34,680.85.”

Oh, and let’s not forget the he’s also been ordered to pay the Falcons back almost $20 in bonus money he received.

Looks like he’s not done falling yet and he still has the sentencing to look forward to and the state charges. What will be next for Michael Vick?

For all the background and info on the Michael Vick case, including all the documents, please see Michael Vick and Dogfighting.

Source – Forbes, AFP, AJC

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