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Father of former UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad faces federal charges

Shabazz Muhammad

Ron Holmes, the father of former UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad, is in the news and not for a good reason either.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Holmes is currently under house arrest on charges of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud.

According to the indictment, Holmes and his partners “obtained mortgage loans by fraudulent means to buy houses” from 2006 and 2009.

The U.S. Attorney is looking to recoup more than $2.5 million from Holmes. Holmes has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times.

And according to the Times, this isn’t the first time that Holmes has been involved in a similar scheme.

This is not the first brush with the law for Holmes. In 2000, he was sentenced to six months house arrest for fraud involving multiple mortgages in Los Angeles County that were obtained in the early 1990s using false information.

The details of that case bear remarkable similarities to the current charges. According to U.S. Atty. Daniel G. Bogden’s complaint, Holmes lived in two houses obtained with fraudulent mortgage applications, and seldom made mortgage payments.

For the second time in just over two months Muhammad’s name ends up getting attached to a controversy that wasn’t of his own doing. In late March it was revealed that Holmes admitted to lying about Muhammad’s age, stating that the freshman was 19 years old instead of 20.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.