Former Kentucky Player Accused of Mortgage Fraud

HOUSTON (AP) - Former Kentucky basketball player Dirk
Minniefield has been charged in an alleged $10 million mortgage
scheme in the Houston area.
The 47-year-old former NBA player was arrested Tuesday at his
home by FBI agents after a federal indictment was unsealed. He and
three others each face one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud
and eight counts of wire fraud.
The indictment alleges Minniefield was a real estate agent in
fraudulent home loans designed to secure payments for expensive
upgrades that were never performed. The indictment claims he
represented buyers even though he never met them and they never
visited the properties they were supposedly buying.
Phone calls to Minniefield's attorney and officials with more
information about the arrest weren't immediately returned.
Minniefield played at Kentucky from 1980-83. He spent three
seasons in the NBA, playing for Cleveland, Houston, Golden State
and Boston.

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