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Nearing 70, the now widowed Helen lives in a smaller apartment in the Boston area. Robinson claims she “conspired with the feds” in his case. She also took part in numerous media stories that, he said, made it seem like the lost house was the center of the case. All while, he said, discounting the Mercedes, the mink coat and the other gifts he provided her through the years. She eventually testified on behalf of the prosecution, a devastating blow Robinson said. “People are going to believe your mother when she says you were doing things,” Robinson said. “… The damage was done before [I] stepped into court. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about my case.”
He strongly maintains his innocence, partly on the grounds that his request for new representation just before his trial should have been granted. He says while he did a poor job of handling sophisticated loans and debts, he is not a criminal. Robinson points much of the blame on prosecutors and Helen Ford. In an effort to help fund the casino/resort project, his adoptive mother signed her home over to Robinson’s business group – she says unwittingly. The house was eventually lost to foreclosure.
Helen and Lou Ford gave it to him, taking him in initially and later adopting him. They’d go on to raise dozens of kids in Cambridge either adopted or foster. Robinson was their star though. The city eventually named their street Rumeal Robinson Way. He blew his NBA millions, he admits, through wasteful spending and a taste for high-priced toys. His attempts to become a businessman after basketball, notably his plan to open a resort and casino in his native Jamaica, unraveled and led him here.
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Today Robinson is not big time, his world far bleaker and monotonous. The pressure of prison is far greater than some foul line. He’s serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for a 2010 conviction on bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. He was found guilty of fraudulently borrowing more than $700,000 from an Iowa bank. He still owes $1,184,615 in restitution. There aren’t any shining moments at FCI-Oakdale. Once the toast of his sport, he’s little more than federal inmate No. 82671-004. While there are basketball courts out back, Robinson, 46, doesn’t play. He stays in shape mostly by taking long walks in short spaces, round and round the yard, nowhere to go.
A former loan officer has been sentenced to 2 years in prison in a bank fraud conspiracy involving former NBA player Rumeal Robinson. The U.S. attorney’s office says Brian Williams was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines for scheming with Robinson in 2004 and 2005 to borrow more than $700,000 from Community State Bank in Ankeny, where Williams was a loan officer. Robinson, who grew up in Cambridge, Mass., led Michigan to the NCAA title in 1989 and spent six seasons in the NBA. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison in January for financial fraud.
5 years ago - via AP
Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1989 and later played in the NBA, was convicted in federal court Wednesday of borrowing more than $700,000 for a sham business deal and then spending the money on a condominium, expensive furniture and cars. A jury found Robinson guilty of 11 counts, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count. A date for sentencing hasn’t been set. Among a lengthy list of accusations by prosecutors was one accusing Robinson of scheming to sell his mother’s home in Cambridge, Mass., without her knowledge. A telephone message left for Robinson’s attorney, J. Keith Rigg of Des Moines, wasn’t immediately returned.
Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA championship in 1989, has been found guilty on 11 federal financial fraud charges. A jury returned its verdict against Robinson on Wednesday, finding him guilty of bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. The U.S. attorney’s office says Robinson schemed between 2004 and 2005 to borrow more than $700,000 from Community State Bank in Ankeny with the help a loan officer at the bank. Prosecutors say Robinson claimed to borrow the money for a business but actually bought a condominium, cars, furniture and invested in an energy company.
The trial on the federal charges is scheduled to begin on Aug. 30 and is expected to run for at least a week, according to Mike Bladel, the law enforcement coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Iowa. According to the indictment, Robinson and his girlfriend, Stephenie Hodge, worked with a loan officer at Iowa-based Community State Bank to take out nearly $1.4 million in loans “by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises.” The money was allegedly meant to help finance the development of a Jamaican luxury vacation resort to be known as Harmony Cove.