NEW INFO: ECU Basketball Player Facing Fraud Charge Officially Off Team

An ECU basketball player arrested on a felony charge has been dismissed from the team.

Ashley Clarke was one of three people arrested in a fraud case. Today, ECU announced Clarke has been dismissed from the basketball program.

Below is a news release from ECU:

Ashley Clarke, who recently completed her junior season as a member of the East Carolina women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the program following an arrest Saturday morning according to an announcement from head coach Heather Macy Wednesday afternoon.

The decision came after Macy and school athletics officials were made aware of a felony charge of unlawfully obtaining a credit card filed against Clarke by the East Carolina University Police Department.

"Like the rest of the East Carolina community, we are disturbed and obviously disappointed by the recent events involving our program," Macy said. "The responsibility of mentoring and guiding our players is a continual but inexact process we take very seriously. Although it is disheartening to encounter issues along the way, it will not deter our commitment and vision to build a program based on character and integrity."

Clarke played in all 31 contests during the 2010-11 season, making 22 starts at point guard. She led the team in assists, steals and free throws made and attempted, while standing second in scoring with an average of 9.5 points per game.

Former players Kim Gay, who graduated from the university in May, and Crystal Wilson, who was dismissed from the squad in April because of a violation of team rules, were also charged in the incident.

Another member of the 2010-11 women's basketball team for East Carolina University has been arrested for credit card fraud.

Crystal Wilson was arrested late this morning by Greenville police on two counts of misdemeanor credit card fraud.

On Friday, current player Ashley Clarke and former player Kim Gay were arrested after police say the two stole fellow player Ariana Jackson's debit card from a locker room at Minges Coliseum.

ECU says the 20-year-old Wilson was a player for this past season, but was dismissed at the end of the season for violating team rules.

Wilson, who lives in Greenville, had her bond set at $1,000.

Her bio says Wilson played as a guard and was a junior this past year.

Greenville police say they expect to bring more charges in the case.

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It appears that a top scorer on the women's basketball team for East Carolina University won't be playing next season. Ashley Clarke and former teammate Kim Gay were arrested Friday on fraud and unlawful obtaining credit charges.

The university won't say if Clarke is still on the team, but an ECU police report says both women have been banned from all ECU property for one year.

To view the police report, click on the link at the top of this story.

That report says fellow teammate Ariana Jackson told police that her debit card was stolen from her locker at Minges Coliseum last Wednesday. Police say $423.30 in gasoline, clothing, nail services, sunglasses, hats and food items were used before the card was put back in Jackson's locker. The theft happened sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

The report says Jackson noticed on Thursday that there were charges on her bank statement and contacted police.

Gay, who graduated in May, was charged with five financial card fraud charges, resiting a public officer and felony aid and abet. Clarke, a junior guard on last season's team, faces a single charge of unlawful obtaining credit. Both women were the top two scorers for the team last season.

The police report says Gay admitted to the credit card fraud, while Clarke denied any involvement in the crime.

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Last season's top two scorers for the women's basketball team at East Carolina University were arrested overnight on fraud and unlawful obtaining credit charges. The victim in this case turns out to be another basketball player.

Jail records show that Kim Gay was booked at 2:10 a.m. on two counts of financial card fraud and resisting a public officer. She posted a $2,500 bond. Gay was a senior forward on the team this past season.

Ashley Clarke was booked around 2:30 a.m. on a charge of unlawful obtaining credit. She is still in jail on a $2,500 bond. Clarke was a junior guard on the team.

In the last season Gay and Clarke were the top two scorers on the team.

Greenville police Sgt. Carlton Williams tells WITN News that they were called to assist ECU police in the case of a card theft. Williams says the victim is Ariana Jackson, who is a forward on the team.

ECU said it is aware of the arrest and says it is in the process of gathering additional information as the university cooperates with the investigation.

It's the second time in a week that ECU athletes have had run-ins with the law. On Saturday football wide receiver Michael Bowman and cornerback Emanuel Davis were arrested by Greenville police.

Bowman was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer, while charges against Davis include being intoxicated and disruptive in public and resisting a public officer.

The two football players will be suspended for the Pirates' season opener against South Carolina Sept. 3 and will conduct 25 hours of documented community service in addition to regularly-scheduled time through ECU's Student Development Office and any possible court sentence.

ECU Statement

"We have been made aware of an incident involving our women's basketball program and are in the process of gathering additional information while we cooperate with the investigation. With that said, it is currently an ongoing legal matter, so any further comment on the situation would be premature at this time."

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