Former NBA All-Star Chris Gatling ran fraud scheme, police say

Longtime NBA player Chris Gatling was arrested last week and accused of running a wide-rangi

ng fraud scheme.

The Associated Press reported police in Scottsdale, Ariz., charged Gatling with fraud, forgery and aggravated identity theft. He was arrested Thursday and has been released on bond.

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Police said Gatling convinced a Scottsdale woman he met on an online dating site to charge various credit card numbers for him through a fitness studio she owned. He told her she could keep 10 percent of the money charged and he would take 90 percent.

Gatling, 47, allegedly took his share immediately in cash, but the unauthorized charges bounced back to the woman, who said she ultimately was out $90,000 and had to close her studio.

That victim was caught up in a scheme police said Gatling ran out of a Phoenix call center and targeted other people around the country through a similar method.

Gatling is on probation for a guilty plea in a 2012 theft and forgery case that stemmed from him squatting in a Paradise Valley, Ariz., house. The home's owners lived in California but kept power on at the suburban Phoenix home. Gatling broke in via a key box and ended up staying there for about a year, at one point trying to list the house for rent on Craigslist.

Gatling played for eight teams in 11 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2002. A first-round pick by the Warriors in 1991, he was an All-Star in 1997 and was traded eight times during his career.