Ex-owner of indoor football team sentenced to jail

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The former owner of a defunct Cincinnati indoor football team was sentenced to four months in jail for defrauding a bank after he said he got in over his head trying to "chase his dream" of owning a football team.

Howard Weiner, of Coral Gables, Fla., was sentenced in federal court in Covington, Ky., on Friday and ordered to pay $116,000 in restitution.

The Kentucky Enquirer reported the 50-year-old was the owner of the Marshals indoor football team, which started playing at the U.S. Bank Arena in March 2005. His attorney, Yale Galanter, said Weiner wrote bad checks because he expected to get revenue through the team. But then the National Indoor Football League suspended the franchise.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning called it a classic check kiting scheme.

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