COLLEGE PARK -- The Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office yesterday charged Maryland sophomore running back Larry Washington with two counts of forgery.
Washington, 20, from Randallstown High, was charged with forging a check and -- in a separate incident -- forging a signature after a purchase on a credit card. Forgery is considered a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment or a fine of $1,000 or both.
The charges stem from an incident involving redshirt freshman wide receiver Kevin Washington. The two are not related.
Kevin Washington, 19, from Baltimore's Dunbar High, was arrested and charged Aug. 15 with stealing personal checks from Olusegun Mbanefo, a roommate in their on-campus apartment, and using them to pay for pizza deliveries.
He also was charged with the theft of the credit cards of another roommate, Robert Greer.
tTC Larry Washington has admitted that he used one of the cards to purchase a pair of tennis shoes and other clothing, which he reportedly returned to campus police. Both players were "suspended indefinitely" by football coach Mark Duffner.
Larry Washington was not charged with Kevin Washington, but for the last two weeks campus police have continued their investigation.
Lt. Don Smith, a campus police spokesman, said last night that members of his staff met with officials of the state's attorney's office several times before yesterday's final meeting.
Smith said campus police will probably not file additional charges.
Last night, Alexis Revis-Yeoman, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office, said that her office filed a criminal information complaint against Larry Washington after reviewing his statements and additional evidence.
It is believed no additional charges will be filed by the state's attorney's office against Kevin Washington.
"Right now, I have no comment. Any statement will have to come from my lawyer," Larry Washington said last night.
Duffner did not return phone calls last night, but a number of players have said he may have reinstated Larry Washington if no charges had been filed.
Larry Washington did say last night he has not had any contact with Duffner since being suspended.
Washington, 5 feet 10, 215 pounds, played only sparingly for the Terps last season, rushing 51 times for 195 yards. But his speed and raw power made him potentially one of the best runners in the school's history.
"Larry has never done anything illegal before, and the courts as ++ well as Maryland should be as lenient on him as possible knowing his social and economic background," said John Buchheister, Larry Washing
ton's coach at Randallstown.
"We've been reading all about how Maryland is a family, the football team is a family," said Buchheister. "Well, the family hasn't come to help Larry. We'll see what they're going to do."
NOTES: Maryland is expected to announce its starting quarterback today, but quarterback coach Clyde Christensen said both candidates, senior John Kaleo and redshirt freshman Scott Milanovich, will both get substantial playing time this season.
The jockeying for the No. 1 position started three weeks ago when preseason camp opened. Kaleo, 5-10 and 202 pounds, from Bowie, was the early favorite but the 6-4, 220-pound Milanovich, from Butler, Pa., seemed to make up ground and outplayed Kaleo last Saturday.
Kaleo seemed to have an edge with a solid performance in Tuesday's scrimmage. Duffner rated their performances in yesterday's scrimmage a draw.
"They were hot and cold," said Duffner.
Christensen said: "I believe we're going to need both kids to make it through the season. I think to the press, fans and especially the kids, it means a lot to start, who has that initial role. I don't think it means that much to us [coaching staff], the program or the offensive unit which one starts. I feel comfortable with both players."