Sampson faces two more charges

Updated: May 5, 2006, 11:09 AM ET
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal grand jury added two charges to the two already facing former NBA and Virginia star Ralph Sampson.

A superseding indictment, dated Wednesday, charges Sampson with mail fraud and making a false statement. A trial scheduled for May 16 on previous charges of perjury and making a false claim will instead be an arraignment on the new counts.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer likely will set a new trial date at the arraignment.

Sampson, who lives near Atlanta, is accused of lying about his financial situation to a federal court in Georgia to obtain court-appointed counsel. Sampson made his first court appearance in Georgia after being charged with child-support violations in Virginia.

Sampson already has pleaded guilty in federal court in Richmond to charges of failing to pay court-ordered child support for two children who live in northern Virginia and have different mothers. Sentencing in that case was delayed after Sampson was charged with perjury.

The new indictment alleges that when Sampson went to court on the child-support charges, he claimed he was self-employed by "Sampson Communications" and had no income. According to the indictment, Sampson was earning $5,000 per month as a consultant for one company and made commercials and promotional appearances for another in exchange for a $200,000 home.

Sampson also allegedly denied he owns a $43,000 sport utility vehicle, which he purchased using a corporate identity, and allegedly sent documents regarding the SUV from Georgia to Virginia for the purpose of defrauding a financing company.

Sampson remains free on bond with travel restrictions.

The Houston Rockets made Sampson the No. 1 overall pick in the 1983 NBA draft. Over nine NBA seasons, Sampson averaged 15.4 points per game.


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