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Mike Miller was among three Heat players scammed

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08:19 AM ET 09.29 | While the Heat was steamrolling through the early rounds of the playoffs several months ago, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis and James Jones were learning something highly unsettling: They had been defrauded by a con artist who presented himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Miller ended up losing $1.7 million; Lewis and Jones sustained undisclosed losses. So how could this happen to three Heat players? The story began in January, when a business associate whom Miller trusted introduced him to Haider Zafar, a South Beach bling king who had courtside seats at Heat games but was indicted months later on 135 counts of fraud and money-laundering in a case unrelated to the Heat players. The associate told Miller than Zafar was legitimate. The feds are investigating the case involving the Heat players, but charges have not been filed. Fine said in an effort to recoup more money for Miller, he is searching for Zafar's assets: "I believe he has either hidden the assets or spent all the money."

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September 29, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Bling King? That would be the first clue he's not to be trusted.

September 29, 2013  08:54 AM ET

A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted, Bro.

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September 29, 2013  10:15 AM ET

And we wonder how many NBA players end up being bankrupts.

September 29, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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Mike Miller and company can consider themselves lucky - at least their case is being investigated - and they are NBA players who make millions and have not lost everything.For every fraud case like this one that is investigated, there are several more that the authorities don't have time to investigate.The victims in those cases don't get any justice at all. In some cases, the victims are not rich NBA players, but ordinary people who end up losing everything. More needs to be done to investigate fraud in general - not just for privileged NBA players.

Amen... These players are dumb enough to fall for this crap.

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September 29, 2013  02:32 PM ET

I guess once you have money, you do become stupid. They trusted a person who said he's from a wealthy Pakistani family? Why not just give their money to a Nigerian prince?

There's a sucker born every minute.

September 29, 2013  06:07 PM ET
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!!

That is one ugly mug.......

 
September 30, 2013  10:21 AM ET

People get scammed no matter their education or wealth. It's always disheartening to hear that people do this **** to one another. Whether it be Madoff or this putz.

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