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Security guard used player's ID to get credit cards

MINNEAPOLIS -- A former Minnesota Vikings security guard
pleaded guilty Thursday to using a player's identification to
obtain credit cards.

Brent D. Griffith, 37, of Benson, pleaded guilty in Hennepin
County District Court to one felony count of financial transaction
card fraud. He admitted he took personal information from running
back Michael Bennett, applied for credit cards and then used one of
the cards at least five times.

Griffith was scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11 by Judge Richard
Hopper. No plea agreement was arranged, and County Attorney Amy
Klobuchar said her office will seek workhouse time. Griffith is
also a former Eden Prairie police officer.

According to a criminal complaint, Bennett had reported
receiving letters from three credit card companies that had opened
accounts in his name. Bennett said his correct name and Social
Security number were used, but the wrong maiden name of his mother
was given. The letters were addressed to the Vikings' headquarters
in Eden Prairie.

On Aug. 4, Bennett contacted the team's security representative
about receiving credit card statements from a gasoline company of
which he had no knowledge. Surveillance tapes from the stores
identified Griffith as the person using the card, the complaint
said.

Eden Prairie officers searched Griffith's work locker on Aug. 14
and found personal information about several players, including
credit card applications, a medical bill, a 1099 tax form, court
papers and a hotel rewards card.