CRIME

Man expected to plead guilty in $7.5 million fraud case involving Miami Heat ex-players, team

  • FILE - In this June 1, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Miller and two former Miami Heat players. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    FILE - In this June 1, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Miller and two former Miami Heat players. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee, left, tries to knock the ball away from Miami Heat's Rashard Lewis in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Lewis and two former Miami Heat players. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee, left, tries to knock the ball away from Miami Heat's Rashard Lewis in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Lewis and two former Miami Heat players. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 18, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat's James Jones shoots during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game against against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Jones and two former Miami Heat players.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    FILE - In this June 18, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat's James Jones shoots during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game against against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Jones and two former Miami Heat players. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  (The Associated Press)

A guilty plea is expected in the case of a man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.

A grand jury indictment alleged that Haider Zafar (HY'-dur ZAH'-fahr) defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest $7.5 million in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say, Zafar kept the money and used some of it to buy a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package.

That case is being consolidated with another against Zafar in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal judge set a plea hearing for Thursday.

Zafar's attorney, Sam Shamansky, says Zafar is pleading guilty to accept responsibility and move on with his life.