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Trailblazer Sifford Becomes a Victim of Theft

U.S. President Barack Obama presents a Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Charles Sifford (front L) as fellow recipients economist Robert Solow (2nd R), singer Stevie Wonder (R), actress Meryl Streep (C-Rear) and actress Marlo Thomas (R-Rear) applaud during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, in this November 24, 2014 file photo. Sifford, hailed as a "legend" by Obama and the "grandpa that I never had" by Tiger Woods as the golf world paused February 4, 2015 to remember the first black man to join what is today known as the PGA Tour. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY OBITUARY SPORT) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Charlie Sifford blazed a trail for African-Americans in golf, withstanding discrimination and death threats along the way. Hailed as a pioneer, Sifford became the victim of theft by members of his own family before he died earlier this year, according to Ohio law enforcement officials.

Sifford knew better than most what it was like to be insulted. The charges against his son Craig Sifford and ex-daughter-in-law Sandra Sifford suggest yet another egregious affront against a proud man. 

Craig and Sandra Sifford stole more than $1 million from golf’s Jackie Robinson during a four-year period starting in 2010 and spent it on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping, the Ohio attorney general’s office and the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office said.

The couple, divorced earlier this year, was charged with crimes including theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property, the Associated Press reported. Sandra Sifford also was charged with receiving stolen property, the report said.

The AP’s efforts to reach the accused and Craig Sifford’s attorney were unsuccessful.


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