Chris Gatling, who played for eight different NBA teams in the 1990s, is facing several charges after he took over an upscale home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, then tried to rent it out.
According to court records, the retired NBA star is facing an assortment of criminal charges which include theft, forgery and stealing someone's identity. A police report states that the NBA All-Star moved into a Paradise Valley home without the owner's permission, which would make Gatling a "squatter." Gatling is accused of breaking into a key box, then setting up house and living in the home for more than a year, from July 2010 to Aug. 2011. The homeowners lived in California and had left the home furnished with the power on, according to the report. However, this strange story doesn't stop there. Investigators believe Gatling wanted to make some money, so he reportedly put an ad on Craigslist to rent the place out. The ad said: 800-dollars - 4 bedroom Ex-NBA - Paradise Valley Home for rent with pool and utilities included. Court records indicate that Gatling took a down payment from one potential renter, but another renter got suspicious and found the real owners over the Internet, then contacted police. [...] The report said that Gatling also listed the Paradise Valley address on his driver's license. The former NBA star is also accused of forging some personal checks from his ex-girlfriend, and funneling the money through College Bound All-Stars, a traveling youth basketball league that Gatling managed and operated.A Phoenix grand jury indicted Chris last October and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The 45-year-old ex-baller was arrested in Miami in February and extradited to Phoenix. The trial is set to begin this August. While Chris isn't talking, his attorney said this is "all a misunderstanding." Not much is known about him, but we do know he owed thousands of dollars in back child support for his twin sons. One report claims he owned and operated a barber shop then tried to open a night club. Then he started a mortgage company.