Vick Facing Charges for Gift-Giving: ESPN

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    Michael Vick is at the center of controversy again.

    Michael Vick is reportedly facing charges that he made unauthorized and illegal gifts to friends and family in the months before he declared bankruptcy.
          
    According to a report on ESPN.com, court records show the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback's bankruptcy trustee asserts that instead of paying what he owed to numerous creditors as he faced dogfighting charges and likely bankruptcy, Vick made payments to his mother, the mothers of his three children and his siblings.

    And ESPN's Lester Munson writes:

    Between October 2006 and November 2007, for example, Vick wrote and cashed 67 checks that he made payable to "cash." According to court records, the total cash he collected from his 31 bank accounts during this period was $751,765. That's an average of nearly $54,000 in cash in his pocket each month during the final seven months of his dogfighting operation and the first seven months of investigations and charges that led to his incarceration. The 67 checks range from $1,000 (four times) to more than $50,000 (another four). The largest was $87,726.48, and it was cashed on March 28, 2007, on the eve of the first raid on Vick's kennel.

    Court papers also show that Vick paid $150,000 to each of the three lawyers representing his associates in the dogfighting operation.

    One of Vick's bankruptcy attorneys called the ordeal "a garden-variety attempt to collect money," according to Munson's report.

    Eagles training camp opens Monday for rookies and selected vets.