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Heat players got played in real estate scam: witness

August 26, 2013 12:16PM


Haider Zafar

A witness testified in the case against a man accused of fraud that Miami Heat players were among those swindled in a South Florida real estate scam.

The testimony came Thursday in federal court in Ohio, where U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus denied bond to Haider Zafar, categorizing him as a flight risk and a danger to others, the AP reported.

The 135-count indictment says Zafar, 35, swindled Washington, D.C. businessman Patwinder Sindhu out of $10 million by portraying that his uncle was Pakistan’s minister of defense and in control of property acquisitions.

The witness who testified during Thursday’s hearing, investment attorney Andrew Fine, said some Heat players, including former forward Mike Miller, and other Florida residents invested $8 million with Zafar.

The Associated Press named the Heat players forward Rashard Lewis and guard James Jones, citing an anonymous source. [AP]Emily Schmall