Wife of former NFL player sentenced in Dover car sales company fraud case

 

Husband and wife Colleen and Desmond Wynn were convicted on charges involving their automobile dealership. (Submitted photos/Department of Justice)

DOVER — The 43-year-old wife of a former National Football League player was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for fraudulent activity in a car sales company they co-owned.

Colleen Wynn was ordered to report to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle by today at 9 a.m. by Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr.

Ms. Wynn was convicted on eight felonies including theft greater than $5,000 and multiple $1,500 or greater counts, identity theft and second-degree forgery. She was also ordered to pay restitution to four victims who she engaged in automobile transactions through the Wynn Auto Sales Company.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive lineman Desmond D. Wynn, 27, was convicted on a felony theft charge on Aug. 31, 2016 and placed on Level II probation. A two-year Level V prison sentence was suspended. He was ordered not to work for or in an automobile dealership for at least five years.

Mrs. Wynn was sentenced to eight years in prison (if served concurrently for all the charges), suspended for the year and a half term.

The Wynns were ordered to pay $105,830 in restitution, and Mrs. Wynn was responsible for another $16,000. The couple lived in Dover at one point.

Four victims — three male, one female — were owed debts of $91,030, $1,800, $13,000 and $16,000.

Before sentencing, Mrs. Wynn asked for home confinement so she could “clear up” dealings with three professional football players and secure $20,000 from her parents to defray restitution costs. She also claimed to be earning $1,000 a week through employment, aiding her ability to pay her debts.

Judge Witham cited Mrs. Wynn’s past criminal history involving similar offenses and referenced a “lack of amenability” before ordering her to maximum security incarceration in less than two days.

Two victims expressed to the court wishes to allow Mrs. Wynn to remain free to boost her earning power and ability to pay them back, and described the personal and physical turmoil they have endured during the case.

Mrs. Wynn cited a bad marriage, family deaths and illnesses, parental responsibilities for three children, her own health issues and other factors when speaking before Judge Witham prior to sentencing. Also, she described the auto sales business as a “loosely run” operation.

Deputy Attorney General Lindsay Taylor pointed to six aggravating factors for sentencing and said Mrs. Wynn “simply did not accept responsibility for any offenses.”

The sentencing order listed six aggravating factors involving Mrs. Wynn — lack of amenability, need for correctional treatment, custody status at time of offense, major economic offense or series of offenses, repetitive criminal conduct, and undue depreciation of offense.

The judge described the crimes as “very hurtful, not so much from a personal standpoint as an economic standpoint.”

After prison time, Mrs. Wynn will be placed on Level III probation. Judge Witham ordered her to have no employment in automobile sales or auctions. She was ordered to provide a DNA sample to her probation officer at their first meeting.

Mrs. Wynn was issued a no-contact order for the four victims, Citizens Bank, USAA, Navy Federal Credit Union and Dover Federal Credit Union.

Deputy Attorney General Greg Strong prosecuted the case, with attorney Michael Modica representing Mrs. Wynn.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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