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Ex-Broncos Safety Harden Sentenced

July 1, 2002

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GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ Former Denver Broncos safety Mike Harden was sentenced Monday to six years in a halfway house for defrauding and stealing from women he knew.

Harden, who played for the Broncos from 1980-88, appeared Monday in Jefferson County District Court for sentencing on two theft charges, Kate Braniff, a spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement.

He pleaded guilty in May to two charges of felony theft in exchange for prosecutors dropping 17 other theft-related counts. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families.

Harden stole about $64,500 in money, forged checks and several credit card accounts opened in his name or the names of approximately 15 people. The crimes took place between January 2000 and May 2001.

Harden was a starter during most of his nine seasons with the Broncos, but was released before the start of the 1989 season. Denver’s fifth-round draft choice in 1980 after playing at Michigan, he intercepted 33 passes while playing in 128 games for the Broncos.

Harden played both cornerback and free safety for the Broncos, and later played strong safety with the Raiders.

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