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Former NFL player accused of insurance fraud over championship ring

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A former NFL player is facing his day in court for alleged insurance fraud after claiming someone stole his AFC Championship ring on an airline flight in 2013, for which he made a $4,780 insurance claim.

But according to his insurance company, Brent Griffith had the ring the entire time and was featured in a Facebook photograph in 2015 wearing the ring, his hometown news station Channel 5-KTSP reported Tuesday.

Mr. Griffith, who played one year with the Buffalo Bills when the team won the 1990 AFC Championship, is charged with one count of felony insurance fraud and is due in court July 11. He did not comment for the press.

North Star Mutual Insurance Co. filed a complaint with the state Commerce Fraud Bureau in July of 2014, after Griffith’s ex-wife, Mary Griffith, called the company to inform them he lied about the ring being stolen and “continued to wear it even though he claimed it had been stolen,” the news station reported.