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Basketball Star Chris Webber Indicted

10 September 2002

DETROIT, Michigan – As reported by the Associated Press: "Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber was indicted Monday on charges he lied to a grand jury about his dealings with a University of Michigan basketball booster more than a decade ago.

"Webber, who led Michigan's `Fab Five' team to two NCAA title games, was charged with obstruction of justice and making a false declaration before a grand jury, FBI spokeswoman Dawn Clenney said.

"Webber's father, Mayce Webber, and his aunt, Charlene Johnson, were indicted on the same charges.

"If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

"The indictment contends that Webber, his father and aunt lied to the grand jury and conspired to conceal the cash, checks, clothing, jewelry and other benefits that booster Ed Martin gave the player and his family from 1988-93. All three testified in 2000.

"…Martin said he paid $280,000 to Webber; $160,000 to Robert Traylor, now with the New Orleans Hornets; $105,000 to Maurice Taylor, now with the Houston Rockets; and $71,000 to Louis Bullock, who has been playing professionally in Europe.

"…Webber, a 29-year-old fourtime All-Star, led Sacramento to the Western Conference finals, and the Kings were eliminated in Game 7 by the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers."

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