Prosecutors Ask Judge to Order Vick to Set Aside Money for Care and Placement of Seized Dogs
Prosecutors asked the judge presiding over Michael Vick's federal case to set aside more than $900,000 of Vick's money for the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to meet his obligation to pay for the care and placement of the dogs seized from his property.
The prosecutors cited Vick's "deteriorating financial condition" in court papers in their request for a restraining order from U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson that would in effect freeze approximately $928,000 in Vick's assets. Vick agreed to pay for the dogs' care and placement as part of his plea deal.
Vick pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in southeastern Virginia. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Hudson on Dec. 10 but voluntarily surrendered to U.S. marshals Monday to begin serving his prison time three weeks early. He is facing a recommended sentence of 12 to 18 months but can be sentenced to as much as five years in prison by Hudson.
Vick is suspended indefinitely by the NFL without pay. He signed a 10-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons in December 2004 that included $37 million in bonuses. But the Falcons are trying to force him to return $19.97 million in bonus money. That attempt by the Falcons and lawsuits by three banks seeking repayment of about $5.8 million in loans were cited by prosecutors in yesterday's motion. Vick's Washington-based attorney, William R. (Billy) Martin, was not available to comment.
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