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Chad Johnson, Former Miami, Florida NFL Player, Arrested for Probation Violation

Chad Johnson, a former Miami, Florida NFL player, was arrested Monday after he allegedly failed to meet with his probation officer, news sources report. Johnson, 35, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of violating probation; he was later released after posting $1,000 bail. Reports did not say whether Johnson has hired legal representation.

According to reports, Johnson used to go by the name “Chad Ochocinco” and is a professional football player who has played for the New England Patriot, the Cincinnati Bengals, and, more recently, the Miami Dolphins. Johnson has also appeared on reality television: he and his now ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, got married publicly on the hit reality show “Basketball Wives.”

Johnson and Lozada were divorced following a domestic incident in August 2012. Johnson allegedly head-butted his wife during an argument. Johnson was arrested and sentenced to a year of probation for the battery, reports say. The Miami Dolphins also permanently removed Johnson from the team following that incident.

Sources say that Johnson failed to meet up with his probation officer recently and police issued a warrant for his arrest. Following his arrest, a judge scheduled a hearing for Johnson on June 3. It is unclear how this arrest will affect his current probation period.

In other news, Crystal M. Foster of Coral Springs was arrested this past week after she was accused of using a stolen credit card to order more than $400 worth of barbeque, reports say. Foster, 23, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of fraud and grand theft. She was later released on her own recognizance. It is currently unclear whether Foster has hired a defense lawyer.

According to reports, the Park Avenue BBQ Grille restaurant on the 2400 block of North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth received numerous orders in March from Foster, who had been using a false name. Between March 7 and March 24, Foster reportedly ordered $424.82 worth of barbeque from the restaurant, paying with the same credit card each time. The grille’s owner thought Foster may be deploying some sort of credit card fraud and reported her to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office.

Officers determined the credit card used to make the orders belonged to a person in Virginia who at no time had been in Florida or placed orders with a South Florida grille. Detectives were able to track the phone calls used to place to orders to the Esperanza Apartments complex in the 2500 block of 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth. However, the person who had placed the orders had recently moved, sources say.

Again using the phone number, police traced the activity back to Foster and learned that she had moved to Coral Spring. During police questioning, Foster initially blamed the fraudulent orders on a roommate, reports say. After Foster was informed that deliverymen for the restaurant identified her, she admitted to making the fraudulent orders, sources say. It is not clear how Foster acquired the allegedly stolen credit card information.

Sources: 5.22.13 Johnson Probation Violation.pdf, 5.22.13 Foster Fraud.pdf.

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