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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:30 pm    Post subject: Kermit Washington arrested in Homeland Security investigation

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/kermit-washington-arrested-homeland-security-investigation-article-1.2648596

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Former NBA All-Star Kermit Washington arrested in Homeland Security investigation

Kermit Washington, a former NBA All-Star with the Trail Blazers most known for punching Rudy Tomjanovich during a Lakers-Rockets game, was arrested Tuesday at a Los Angeles supermarket by special agents, some of whom work for Homeland Security Investgations, according to a TMZ report.

"Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arrested former NBA player Kermit Washington in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, on a federal arrest warrant as part of an on-going investigation,” HSI spokesman Shawn Neudauer told TMZ.

The arrest, according to TMZ, is in relation to an investigation into Ron Mix, a pro football Hall of Famer who pleaded guilty Monday to tax fraud.

A Kansas City Star report said Mix, a worker’s compensation lawyer, illegally paid roughly $155,000 over a three-year period to a non-lawyer “for referrals on clients,” according to federal prosecutors. The money was donated to a charity operated by the non-lawyer, and Mix claimed charitable donations on his tax returns.

TMZ reported that Mix was making donations to Project Contact Africa and the person making the referrals has been dubbed “Individual F,” who was using donations for “his own personal enjoyment and to fund his lifestyle,” officials told the website.

An Oregonian profile on Washington from 2011 said the Sixth Man Foundation, which Washington created, turned into Project Contact Africa, and that Washington became devoted to helping Africans after an August 1994 trip to Zaire.

TMZ said officials wouldn’t tell the website if Washington is “Individual F.”

Washington infamously punched Tomjanovich during a game on Dec. 9, 1977, fracturing Tomjanovich’s skull and breaking his jaw and nose.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject:

shouldn't this be in the general basketball section
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:55 pm    Post subject:

tom wrote:
shouldn't this be in the general basketball section


Maybe. Still a former Laker. If it was LO instead of Washington where would that go?
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:55 pm    Post subject:

tom wrote:
shouldn't this be in the general basketball section



Only if you think that stories about Norm Nixon, Jamal Wilkes, Jerry West and other former Lakers belong in the general basketball section.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:58 pm    Post subject:

BTW, since it was a small part of the snippet posted by Basketball Fan, notice how officials have changed over the decades.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:10 pm    Post subject:

kinda confused as to why this is considered a Homeland Security matter
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:16 pm    Post subject:

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BTW, since it was a small part of the snippet posted by Basketball Fan, notice how officials have changed over the decades.


Kind of weird years later Rudy T became coach of the Lakers.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:41 pm    Post subject:

Kind of weird despite the documentary about what he's done since and the great redemption story he has, they just always wanna bring up him punching Rudy T.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 5:02 pm    Post subject:

Isn't that Mychal Thompson's best buddy & former radio partner?

I liked Kermit as a player. He suffered as much as Rudy did from the incident. Kermit was developing into JUST the PF that Kareem needed when The Punch happened.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 5:48 pm    Post subject:

I'm innocent.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 6:57 pm    Post subject:

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kinda confused as to why this is considered a Homeland Security matter


Because they need to justify their bureaucratic existence by finding work to busy themselves with. They were busting happy ending massage parlors and a gay escort website recently as well. They're acting like a federal vice unit at this point. More money down the rathole.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 8:37 pm    Post subject:

MJST wrote:
Kind of weird despite the documentary about what he's done since and the great redemption story he has, they just always wanna bring up him punching Rudy T.


Like it or not, it's the defining moment of Kermit's life. It will be the first line of his obituary and the first thing most people think of if you mention his name.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 11:06 pm    Post subject:

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I'm innocent.


Of course you'd say that. Now hush and wait for your lawyer.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:31 am    Post subject:

kermitwashington wrote:
I'm innocent.


Rudy T's face says "I don't think so!"..... Lol
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:31 am    Post subject:

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Former player Kermit Washington indicted over misuse of charity funds

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment.


http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15721498/former-nba-player-kermit-washington-indicted-misuse-charity-funds
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:06 am    Post subject:

kermitwashington wrote:
I'm innocent.


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 12:09 pm    Post subject:

tom wrote:
shouldn't this be in the general basketball section


exactly. He didn't get the memo. The Lounge is reserved for GSW topics.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject:

Wow, I have a lot of cases with Ron Mix' office. Guess he won't be making many appearances in the near future.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:19 pm    Post subject:

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tom wrote:
shouldn't this be in the general basketball section


exactly. He didn't get the memo. The Lounge is reserved for GSW topics.



Isn't he a former Laker(infamous really) and BTW I'm a she.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:21 am    Post subject:

audioaxes wrote:
kinda confused as to why this is considered a Homeland Security matter


That was my first question
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:54 am    Post subject:

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kinda confused as to why this is considered a Homeland Security matter


That was my first question


Just a guess but likely due to their role of following the money of charities in the US.

Some charities with overseas ties have been linked to funneling money to terrorist entities. HSA monitors it and likely stumbled across the mismanagement of the funds in this case.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/784f79d16e434399ab16c665112c8f04/former-nba-player-kermit-washington-pleads-not-guilty



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Former NBA player Kermit Washington pleads not guilty




KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former NBA player Kermit Washington has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges accusing him of embezzling nearly a half million dollars from his Project Contact Africa charity.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://j.mp/1tyUEzc ) that Washington's defense attorney entered not guilty pleas Thursday on Washington's behalf to charges of interfering with internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft.

Washington was arrested last month in California after a federal grand jury in Kansas City indicted him.

Washington played for several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. He's remembered for a nearly fatal punch to Rudy Tomjanovich during a 1977 game between the Lakers and Houston Rockets.

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http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/12/02/former-nba-player-kermit-washington-pleads-guilty-to-identity-theft-tax-charges/

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Former NBA player Kermit Washington pleads guilty to identity theft, tax charges



Last may, federal prosecutors charged former NBA player Kermit Washington embezzling charitable donations raised under the pretense of helping the needy in Africa.

This week, Washington pled guilty to three felonies tied to the crime, TMZ broke the story.

Ex-NBA star Kermit Washington is finally admitting he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable donations on himself … pleading guilty to 3 felonies in federal court….

Washington initially pled not guilty, but changed his tune this week … pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft and 2 counts of filing false income tax returns.

As part of the deal, the US Attorney has agreed to not pursue more than 8 years in prison (KW was initially facing 45 years) … though the sentence is ultimately up to the judge.

Washington played in the NBA in the 1970s and 1980s for several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. He is best remembered for his infamous punch that fractured Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game between Washington’s Lakers and the Rockets.

Washington played in more than 500 NBA games in the 1970s and early ’80s, he was an All-Star and an All-Defensive Team player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. He may be best remembered for his infamous punch that fractured Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject:

kermitwashington wrote:
I'm innocent.


LOL
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