Kermit Washington Rumors
Washington recently pled guilty to fraud charges and faces up to 8 years in prison … but before that, he was most famous for leveling Rudy T. with a shot doctors said could’ve killed him. No joke, Tomjanovich suffered a broken jaw and nose, plus a cerebral concussion … and was leaking spinal fluid into his mouth. Despite all that carnage, when we got him out in Beverly Hills, Rudy told us the brutal shot was water under the bridge and that he actually felt sorry for Washington — whom he forgave long ago. “I feel sorry for him. I know Kermit. We had made up after that incident and I know he was trying to make it like anybody and I feel for the guy.”
Ex-NBA star Kermit Washington is finally admitting he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable donations on himself … pleading guilty to 3 felonies in federal court. TMZ Sports broke the story … Washington — a former All-Star — was arrested in May 2016, and accused of orchestrating a fraudulent scheme where he took a large amount of money intended to help Africans in need.
Washington initially pled not guilty, but changed his tune this week … pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft and 2 counts of filing false income tax returns. As part of the deal, the US Attorney has agreed to not pursue more than 8 years in prison (KW was initially facing 45 years) … though the sentence is ultimately up to the judge.
Former NBA player Kermit Washington was arraigned Thursday in Kansas City on fraud charges related to an African charity he founded. Defense attorney Robin Fowler entered a not guilty plea for Washington, who was arrested last month in California after a federal grand jury in Kansas City indicted him on charges related to his Project Contact Africa charity. Federal prosecutors say he diverted nearly $500,000 in donations to the charity for his own benefit.
On Thursday, Washington pleaded not guilty to the charges of interfering with internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft. Washington, 64, was known for a 1977 on-court incident in which he punched Rudy Tomjanovich during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houtson Rockets. Tomjanovich was nearly killed by the punch that shattered bones in his face. Some of the charges against Washington are connected to a criminal case involving Ron Mix, a lawyer and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former NBA player Kermit Washington was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on charges he evaded taxes and defrauded donors to his charity, according to documents unsealed in federal court on Wednesday.
Washington faces more than 40 years in prison if convicted of the four charges: corrupt interference with the internal revenue laws, conspiring to commit wire fraud, obstruction and aggravated identity theft. He also could be fined up to $1 million.