Florida State football player arrested, suspended from team

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 4, 2017

Da’Vante Phillips

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Florida State football player has been suspended from the team after being arrested on fraud and theft charges.

Da’Vante Phillips, 20, was arrested Friday on charges of cashing or depositing an item with intent to defraud, and grand theft.

According to arrest documents, in February, Phillips had reported to police that he had lost his wallet and that someone had made purchases on a debit card that had been in the wallet.

Investigators with the FSU Police Department say it was later revealed that Phillips had actually used the debit card to purchase money orders, altered them to increase the values, and then deposited them back into his bank account.

The police report says Phillips purchased four money orders totaling just over $485, which he altered to total $2,800.

A warrant was signed for his arrest on Thursday and he was taken into custody on Friday.

Phillips is a junior at FSU and a wide receiver on the Seminoles' football team. He is originally from the Miami area.

FSU released the following statement in response to the arrest:

"Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher announced today that junior receiver Da’Vante Phillips has been indefinitely suspended from the football team in accordance with athletic department policy. He will have no further comment at this time."

Phillips was booked into the Leon County Jail and bonded out on Friday afternoon.

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