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Niagara says statement expected soon on status of Dom Reid

Niagara University Athletics Director Simon Gray said Wednesday he expects to release an update soon on the status of men's basketball player Dominique Reid, whose career with the Purple Eagles is in limbo, at best.

Reid is facing three felony charges, all related to financial dealings.

“We’re going to have a statement on that soon,” Gray said.

Reid was arrested in mid-April by Niagara County Sheriff’s Department investigators on charges of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies. He made fraudulent use of banking information to pay personal bills, police said.

Reid previously was arrested in mid-December on the Sheriff’s Department on a felony charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. That was a result of a fraud complaint made by First Niagara Bank. According to police, Reid had filed fraud complaints 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 played the entire season for Niagara and made the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference all-rookie team.

Did Niagara know about the mid-December felony charge during the second half of the basketall season?

“We were aware of the arrest," Gray said. "So the decisions we made were based on the facts that we had at hand. And I will say, a lot more facts have come to light after the season.”

Niagara announced in May that Reid was being prevented from participating in team activities.

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