Ex-NFL player skips hearing

A former NFL player who returned home to Augusta to start his own businesses did not show up for a hearing in bankruptcy court today.

Without Arthur Marshall or a representative of Custom Contractors or Real Estate and Property Management Group, the bankruptcy trustee had to continue the hearing.

Mr. Marshall, a standout football player for Hephzibah High School and the University of Georgia, filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 28. His chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, which would mean reorganization of his debt load and repayments, was converted into a chapter 7, a liquidation bankruptcy.

Mr. Marshall listed about $11 million in debts.

In addition to the bankruptcy, a series of lawsuits have been filed against Mr. Marshall by creditors, and federal agents removed business documents and computers from his South Belair Road office last month.

Mr. Marshall is also accused of fraud by the American Legion Post where his father was a member. The post claims he cheated members out of $77,136, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle.

Mr. Marshall played for the Denver Broncos and New York Giants in the 1990s. During his five-year professional career he caught 87 passes for 1,267 yards and scored four touchdowns, according to earlier reports in The Chronicle.

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