Jordan Smith under investigation for credit card fraud

Florida Gators redshirt freshman Jordan Smith is being investigated for improper use/fraudulent use of a credit card and Grand Theft, Gator Country has learned.

Sources have told Gator Country that in July Smith made a payment of $1,007.55 to The Woodlands of Gainesville, an apartment complex near campus for “rent and other charges.” Smith made the payment online, through the Woodlands’ portal system using a credit card that was not in his name. On August 11, the Scion Group — the Chicago based company that owns the apartment complex — was given notice that the charges Smith made had been reported as fraudulent or not recognized by the card holder and that the money would be taken out and returned.

On Friday Jim McElwain has this to say on the matter

“Well, him and the rest of the guys still aren’t with us until anything’s resolved,” he responded to a direct question. “I haven’t gotten anything from the authorities. Like I said, until it’s resolved that’s the way it is.”

The news was first reported by TheReadOptional.com. Their report also included that the complex initially told them they were denied the ability to file a report against Smith by the Gainesville Police Department but that changed when the group was able to file a formal complaint to GPD on Friday.

Smith — along with six other teammates — was already suspended indefinitely by Jim McElwain following a report by Trey Wallace of “The Read Optional” that reported the players were involved in a scheme involving the misuse of student-aid cards.

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC