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$75,000 Bond Set in Ingram’s Case

January 26, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ Former Dolphins receiver Mark Ingram was freed Friday after posting a $75,000 bond on a counterfeit-cash charge, but will not be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for his T-shirt business.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Palermo said Ingram, who won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in 1991, could go to New York on business ``by the most direct method″ but cannot travel out of the country and must surrender his passport.

Ingram appeared in court with a shaved head, puffy face, short beard, gray sports T-shirt, black slacks and handcuffs to face a criminal complaint, which will be upgraded to an indictment in three weeks.

Defense attorney Abe Bailey said Ingram would plead innocent to a charge that he was carrying $3,290 in fake bills when he was arrested on an auto theft charge Tuesday.

The counterfeit money came from a Jamaican client of Ingram’s company. Bailey said it wasn’t clear if Ingram knew the bills were fake.

Alain Noel, his co-defendant in the theft case, signed a statement for Secret Service agents saying Ingram brought $11,000 in counterfeit bills from New York recently. The federal and state charges carries possible 15-year sentences.

The prosecution and Bailey agreed to the bond amount before court, and Bailey termed it ``very generous.″

Ingram filed for bankruptcy last year but the case was dismissed a month later.

The first-round pick by the Giants in 1987 played on four NFL teams in nine years. He made a key catch in the Super Bowl win over Buffalo and is best remembered in Miami for a 1995 touchdown pass against the Jets. Ingram also played in Green Bay and Philadelphia.

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