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Ex-NBA star appears in Vegas court in debt case

Updated Monday, July 20, 2009 | 11:21 a.m.

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Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court today for a hearing on charges that he allegedly has failed to pay back $822,500 in gambling debts to three casinos.

Walker was arrested Wednesday at Harrah’s Casino in South Lake Tahoe. He posted a $135,000 cash bond, said his attorney Jonathan Powell.

Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson set a preliminary hearing for Walker for Sept. 16 to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with the charges.

The complaint charges Walker, 32, with three felony counts of passing checks with insufficient funds from July 27, 2008, to Jan. 19 at Red Rock Resort, Planet Hollywood and Caesars Palace. The complaint alleges he wrote 10 separate checks for $100,000, each for gambling markers.

By law, gambling debts in Nevada are handled as bad check cases.

Six of the checks were made out to Caesars Palace and two each to Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort, the complaint says.

Walker has paid back a portion of the debts but also owes court and legal fees, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Bernie Zadrowski.

Walker played 12 seasons in the NBA with Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and Minnesota. He was an all-star three times with the Celtics and won a championship in 2006 with Miami. He went to college at the University of Kentucky where he won a championship in 1996.

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