COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A witness says a former Ohio man accused of operating a multimillion real-estate fraud also ripped off Miami Heat basketball players.
The testimony came Thursday in Columbus. The Columbus Dispatch reports a federal judge denied bond to 35-year-old Haider Zafar because he is a flight risk.
Zafar, now of southern Florida, is awaiting trial on wire fraud and other charges. Prosecutors say Zafar allegedly swindled a businessman out of $10 million. The basketball players are not part of this suit.
Zafar's attorney says they will continue to challenge the charges.
The witness, 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.
Associated Press writer Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.