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Former Chiefs receiver surrenders to authorities

September 23, 2000

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— Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison surrendered to Jackson County authorities Friday on four charges of writing bad checks.

Rison, who is now with the Oakland Raiders, posted $10,000 bond and was released. His initial court appearance on the charges is scheduled for Wednesday.

The wide receiver was charged in April with four felonies for allegedly writing $158,000 in bad checks to an Atlanta jewelry store. Those charges involved checks from a Jackson County bank or transactions in the county in 1998, prosecutors said.

The Georgia store, Elif Fine Jewelry, won a civil judgment against Rison in December for $287,900 in jewelry, plus about $43,000 in legal costs.

The civil judgment involves the Jackson County checks and other transactions with Rison, according to court records.

The company went to prosecutors after it could not collect the debt.

Rison also owes more than $34,000 in child support for his 2-year-old son, according to court records.

A Johnson County judge has already entered a $200,000 civil judgment against Rison in a case brought by one of his Leawood neighbors, who said he never repaid money she lent him. An additional claim of fraud in that case is scheduled for trial next month.

A criminal charge of felony theft is also pending against Rison in Johnson County. That involves recording equipment he rented from an Overland Park business and allegedly did not return.

Police in River Falls, Wis., cited Rison last month for allegedly giving false information after a bar fight.

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