Former NBA star Chris Gatling’s downfall continues

chris-gatling-miami-heatFormer NBA All-Star forward-center Chris Gatling is in trouble again.

Gatling was revealed to be running a massive fraud scheme online, using cards of people from across the United States, the police said.

Gatling was released from jail after being booked on fraud schemes, aggravated identity theft and forgery, policesaid. His arrest was first reported by TMZ.

The police said Gatling met a fitness studio owner on a dating website earlier this year and told her he operated several Internet businesses that created websites and fixed credit.

Gatling also made the woman to harge credit card numbers for him through her business, authorities said, AP reported.

Gatlin allegedly told her she could have 10 percent of the dollar amounts charged, but he would get 90 percent. He also convinced her to give him his share upfront in cash, investigators said.

The charges were later deemed unauthorized and charged back to the victim. She lost $90,000 and was forced to close her fitness studio.

The police investigation revealed that former NBA star was juggling multiple online businesses that were used to gather credit card numbers, which were run through other businesses for services that the cardholders never authorized. The entire operation was based in a call center in Phoenix, however police said they have heard from alleged victims from around the U.S.

Gatling, who was already on probation in that case, was taken into custody while meeting with his probation officer. The general manager of his business was also arrested the same day.

Gatling is in the middle of a four-year probation sentence. He was sentenced in December 2013 for squatting at a Phoenix area home and then trying to list the property for rent online.

Gatling broke into a key box at the Paradise Valley home and lived there for a year, according to Maricopa County prosecutors. The homeowners were living in California, but they had left the power on. Gatling pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and forgery.

Gatling’s NBA career began in 1991 after he was traded by the 76ers as a first round draft pick out of Old Dominion – to the Warriors for Manute Bol. During his NBA days, Gatling did set a few records. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 1997 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

He led the NBA in field goal percentage (63 percent) during the 1994-95 season, and played 85 games during the 1999-00 season (while all teams normally play 82 games). Gatling averaged career high 19 ppg during the 1996-97 season.

During his career, he played for Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6’10 backup forward played a total of 700 games in the league (86 started), averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over his career.


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