Former NBA player Kermit Washington pleads guilty to identity theft, tax charges

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Last may, federal prosecutors charged former NBA player Kermit Washington embezzling charitable donations raised under the pretense of helping the needy in Africa.

This week, Washington pled guilty to three felonies tied to the crime, TMZ broke the story.

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….

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.

Washington played in the NBA in the 1970s and 1980s for several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. He is best remembered for his infamous punch that fractured Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game between Washington’s Lakers and the Rockets.

Washington played in more than 500 NBA games in the 1970s and early ’80s, he was an All-Star and an All-Defensive Team player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. He may be best remembered for his infamous punch that fractured Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game.