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Ex-NBAer Tate George charged in NJ Ponzi scheme


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Bail has been set at $250,000 for a former NBA player charged with running a Ponzi scheme in New Jersey.

Tate George hit one of the most memorable shots in UConn basketball history and then went on to a brief NBA career. He surrendered to federal authorities on Friday to face charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme.

They say George used his company to get more than $2 million from investors for purported real estate development projects.

George's attorney, Thomas Ashley, says his client is innocent and will plead not guilty.

Wearing a gray-green suit and with his wrists handcuffed in front of him, George spoke briefly to say he understood his rights at his first appearance federal court in Newark.

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