Niagara University basketball player Dominique Reid is facing three felony charges, all related to improper financial dealings, as a result of arrests over the past school year.
Reid, a 6-foot-8 forward from Eriol, N.J., no longer is participating in team activities, Niagara Athletics Director Simon Gray acknowledged in a statement on Monday.
Reid’s legal troubles mounted in mid-April when he was arrested by Niagara County Sheriff’s Department investigators on charges of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies.
Reid made fraudulent use of banking information to pay personal bills, according to Sheriff’s Department officers. The exact amount of the transactions was not released but the total was for more than $1,000.
That case came on the heels of a mid-December arrest by the Sheriff’s Department on a felony charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. It came as a result of a fraud complaint by First Niagara Bank, according to Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti. Reid had filed fraud complaints of his own on his account and had been reimbursed by the bank for more than $1,000. The bank determined that Reid’s complaints proved to be false, upon further investigation.
Reid also was arrested in on Oct. 22 on a driving-related charge. He had received a speeding ticket while driving in the Town of Niagara on Sept. 3. There was no alcohol involved in the Sept. 3 incident, said town police. However, an arrest warrant subsequently was issued, apparently due to a prior driving arrest. He was picked up by Sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 22 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Reid averaged 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds as a red-shirt freshman last season and was voted to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference all-rookie team. He was Niagara’s third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. Niagara was hoping he would be one of the most important players on the team next season.
Reid also was the subject of an incident report filed with the Niagara Falls Police Department on May 6, 2014. Police were called to a Key Bank branch in Niagara Falls and told that Reid had opened 27 separate bank accounts over a 48-hour period and deposited $100 checks in each. According to the report, Reid told police he earned the money by selling cosmetic products from a foreign company. The FBI was notified of a suspicious activity report over the incident. No charges were filed.
Gray’s statement on Reid read: “The university is aware of proceedings involving student-athlete Dominique Reid. Any investigation by the university into these proceedings, under our codes of conduct, is confidential by law. Mr. Reid is currently not participating in team activities.”
News staff reporter Nancy Fischer contributed to this report.