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Mike Miller, Heat players caught up in alleged real estate scam

Aug 26, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

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Right now in Ohio Haider Zafar is awaiting trial on 135 charges tied to a scheme that allegedly swindled $10 million from a Washington D.C. businessman. Zafar has pled not guilty.

While he is being charged in Ohio at his bail hearing prosecutors were trying to paint Zafar as a flight risk and had a witness say Zafar had moved to Florida and been involved in an alleged scam that took in $8 million total including from several current and former Miami Heat players. From the Associated Press.

The witness who testified during Thursday’s hearing, international-investment attorney Andrew Fine, said some Heat players, including former forward Mike Miller, and other Florida residents invested $8 million with Zafar. The other players are forward Rashard Lewis and guard James Jones, a person with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because it is an active investigation.

The Heat, in a statement Friday, said the team remains in “constant contact” with the authorities handling the investigation.

The Heat players are not part of the criminal complaint. Zafar is charged with convincing clients through fraudulent documents that his uncle was the defense minister in Pakistan, in charge buying land for the government. The idea was the investors would buy the land first then sell it to the government at a profit. Prosecutors say it was all a sham.

Miller was amnestied by the Heat and has signed to play with the Memphis Grizzlies next season.

  1. dadawg77 - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    So the guy was convincing people to invest in the corruption of a foreign country? If that is the case, everyone who lost money deserved it.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    a fool and his money is soon parted. seriously, non of that sounded fishy to these guys? why not just open up a string of Hooters or Buffalo Wild Wings if you want to make money. bunch of idiots!

  3. elk54421 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Don’t be so quick to blame the victims.Fraud is poorly enforced and the people doing this often break many laws not to mention IRS violations.They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent.This occurs on many levels and including using false tax reports to get loans fraudulent estimates of value forgeries false documents even law suits where the fraudsters sue each other than settle the law suit for a small sum while agreeing to owing each other large amounts of money so they are virtually law suit proof though they have broken many laws.

  4. elk54421 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    With all the nsa monitoring why didn’t they catch Haider Zafar.

  5. raidmagic - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    They fell for the old “my uncle was the defense minister in Pakistan,” trick? Come on man!!! Next they will be sending money to the Nigerian prince so he will entrust them with his millions.

    • elk54421 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      pakistan is where they found ben laden.That doesn’t mean this person shouldn’t be prosecuted to the fullest extent especially because they may be taking money out of this country and may be evading taxes.

    • knickshater - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Brilliant.

  6. 00maltliquor - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Very strange story all the way around. Either that guy Zafar has a silver tongue or Mike, LeBron, James J and others are just “big dumb dumbies” **Fred Sanford voice**

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Article never mentioned LeBron. Loved Fred Sanford and the “big dummy” Lamont.

    • knickshater - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Lebron wasn’t one of the players (read the list of players on Yahoo and Bron wasn’t among them). If he was, I’m sure he would have been the headline for this article . . .

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Correction: **Rashad Lewis

  7. knickshater - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Surely these guys have financial advisers? An absolute farce all around.

  8. kingwithringz - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I’m gonna miss Mike Miller on the Heat bench.

  9. dondada10 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I’m not sure how, but A-Rod is connected.

  10. blantoncollier - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Will someone please send me Mike Miller’s email address–I am in Europe, was mugged or robbed, lost my wallet, my passport and I need some money to get home!

    Or better yet—I am the Executor of an Estate–if he sends me money, I can repay him from the estate proceeds.

    Or—-I have this bridge, its in Brooklyn…its for sale…

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