Crime

Former Tulare football player pleads no contest to attempted fraud

Nichiren Flowers, a former Tulare High athlete who played for the University of Nevada and had a career in arena football, has pleaded no contest to attempted fraud in a case first reported as an attempted bank robbery.

On April 20, 2015, Flowers entered the Wells Fargo bank in Tulare, approached the staff and identified himself as a government agent, according to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

He asked for a transfer of funds into his account to protect an unknown person’s life, the District Attorney’s Office said. No dollar amount was discussed and no funds were transferred.

Tulare police arrived and took him into custody. Police said at the time that Flowers didn’t ask for cash but passed a note to a teller demanding money be transferred into an account.

Flowers, 32, was originally held on $100,000 bail but was released on his own recognizance.

He was charged with attempting to obtain services by false pretenses, a felony, which was reduced to a misdemeanor.

On Feb. 18, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. He received credit for time served.

Flowers was a receiver who was on the roster of arena football teams in 2007, 2010-11 and 2014, according to arenafootball.com. In 2010, he scored 17 touchdowns for the Chicago Rush.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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