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Los Angeles Clippers announcer Michael Smith charged with theft of $735,000

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Los Angeles Clippers announcer Michael Smith is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges stemming from an alleged theft of $735,000 from a development deal gone bad.

According to prosecutors, Smith persuaded his friend, a retired school teacher with an inoperable brain tumor, to put up his paid-off Dana Point home in January 2008 as collateral for a $735,000 loan, so Smith and business partner Bruce Furst could develop land in Dana Point. Prosecutors said the pair lied and said the loan was safe and would be 100 percent guaranteed.
In November, Smith and fellow Fox Sports Prime Ticket broadcaster Ralph Lawler were suspended one game for making off-color comments about Iranian-born Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi.

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He should be instantly fired. There's no doubt about it.

I played high school footbal against Mike Smith & the Los Altos team. They were a local powerhouse and he was a talented quarterback. I sure hope there is more to it than what I've read so far that would cast him in a better light that he is in now. There has to be a way to save the poor old man from losing his home...

Bruce H Furst pulled the "LARGEST BANK FRAUD in U.S. History ($96 MILLION!) And is under INVESTIGATION for fraud with his father estate worth millions and the only Grandson promised for years to inherent memorabilia and heritage ( his mother passed away at age 8) ….in phony forged documents supplied by Edward Allebest (Furst’s partner in crime) (SIGNATURES AREN’T CLOSE AND INTENTIONS were public), well Furst forged that Will….and the poor kid was "DISINHERITED" according to Furst, who was seen using the fathers Black American Express a year after his death…..oh Bruce is STILL DOING illegal fraud (Bruce) using fathers IDENTITY!..OC Recorder shows several flips of property months ago …Bruce uses people dead or alive. February 28, 2010 12:22 AM

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