CRIME

Judge to sentence man convicted in multimillion-dollar fraud involving Miami Heat ex-players

  • FILE-This Wednesday, May, 28, 2014 file photo shows Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis slapping hands with Mario Chalmers during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The government alleges that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and 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. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    FILE-This Wednesday, May, 28, 2014 file photo shows Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis slapping hands with Mario Chalmers during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The government alleges that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and 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. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-This Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller in a preseason NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The government alleges that Haider Zafar 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. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

    FILE-This Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller in a preseason NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The government alleges that Haider Zafar 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. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-This Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' James Jones during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The government alleges that Haider Zafar 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. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    FILE-This Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' James Jones during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The government alleges that Haider Zafar 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. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  (The Associated Press)

A judge is preparing to sentence a man who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.

The government alleges 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.

Zafar also pleaded guilty in a previous case to swindling a Washington, D.C., businessman out of $10 million between 2008 and 2010.

The five wire fraud charges each carry maximum 20-year prison sentences.

Zafar's lawyer says his client wants to make parties in the case whole and accept whatever punishment is appropriate.