Jay Vincent isn't the only former basketball player from this state that was recently involved in legal trouble over fraud, as Rumeal Robinson, a former Wolverine, was just found guilty on 11 counts of fraud.â†µ
Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA basketball championship in 1989 and later played in the NBA, was convicted in federal court today of borrowing more than $700,000 for a sham business deal and then spending the money on a condominium, expensive furniture and cars.â†µ
A jury found Robinson guilty of 11 counts, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1-million fine on each count. A date for sentencing hasn’t been set.â†µ
Yikes. And if those charges aren't bad enough, take a look at how he even scammed his own mother.â†µ
Prosecutors also said Robinson arranged for the sale of his mother’s house in Cambridge. His business partner became the owner of the house in 2004 because Robinson persuaded his mother to use equity in the house for the Jamaica project, and the sale of the house occurred in 2006 without his mother’s knowledge.â†µ
Robinson will always be known for his clutch free throws that helped Michigan win the 1989 national championship in basketball, but scamming your own mother? C'mon, man. That is something that will not soon be forgotten, no matter how beloved he is by Michigan fans.â†µ
Jan. 7, 2011 UPDATE: Robinson was sentenced to six and a half years in jail.