Shabazz Muhammad’s father, Ronald Holmes, was detained in Las Vegas on Thursday night after being indicted on federal fraud charges. The news was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
According to the LA Times, Holmes has pleaded not guilty to several counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, alleged to have taken place between 2006 and 2009 in Las Vegas.
Holmes, 51, was detained Thursday in Las Vegas. He has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud, as well as counts for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud.
According to the indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, Holmes and several unnamed associates used fraudulent information and straw buyers to obtain home mortgages and buy and sell houses, keeping the proceeds for themselves.
The activities took place between 2006 and 2009 and involved at least three Las Vegas properties. The complaint seeks to recover more than $2.5 million.
Muhammad’s one and only season at UCLA did not come without its own controversy, mainly due to Holmes questionable ethics.
First, Muhammad was forced to sit out the first handful of games of the 2012-13 season as the NCAA investigated whether he and his family had improperly accepted benefits during recruiting trips to the East Coast. Muhammad’s parents were ordered to pay back $1,600 in order to get their son on the court.
From there, of course, came the big bombshell: Holmes had lied about Muhammad’s age, telling the world that his son had been born in 1993, instead of 1992.
Now, Muhammad prepares for the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft, a year older than even he had believed himself to be.
His father, on the other hand, prepares to prove his innocence in court.