DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former NFL wide receiver J.D. Hill and his wife have been sentenced to five years probation for bilking
the Social Security Administration out of more than $65,000.
Hill, 55, and his wife Caryl, had pleaded guilty in November to
bank fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors said Hill collected Social
Security disability payments while continuing to earn a
"significant income'' from a job.
Caryl Hill cashed the checks knowing that she had her husband
were not entitled to the money, prosecutors said.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt ordered the couple
Wednesday to repay the $65,326 they collected. Pratt said he was
giving Hill a chance to restore his reputation.
The government said the fraud occurred while the Hills were
living in Iowa City from 1995 to 2000. They now live in Chandler,
"All my life I wanted to be a role model to help kids,'' J.D.
Hill told the judge. "I could not have predicted what I've been
through. I apologize.''
After playing at Arizona State, Hill spent five seasons with the
Buffalo Bills and two with the Detroit Lions, catching 185 passes
for 2,880 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl
in 1972, when he finished with a career-best 52 receptions.
The Hills' sons, Kahlil and Hakim, starred in football at Iowa
City High. Kahlil Hill played wide receiver at Iowa, while Hakim
was a running back at Arizona State.
Former NFL wide receiver J.D. Hill and his wife have been sentenced to five years probation for bilking the Social Security Administration out of more than $65,000.