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Bail denied for convicted former NBA player George

former NBA and University of Connecticut player Tate George during the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic basketball game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. A federal jury convicted C. Tate George on four counts of wire fraud last fall. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. The former NBA player will be sentenced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, File)

Former Milwaukee Buck Tate George watches recently during the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. A federal jury convicted George on four counts of wire fraud last fall. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. (AP File Photo/Fred Beckham)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme has been denied bail by a federal judge in New Jersey.

Tate George has been jailed since his conviction last fall on four mail fraud counts. His motion to be released on bail was denied by U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper on Wednesday.

George starred for the University of Connecticut and played for the New Jersey Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The U.S. attorney’s office contends George persuaded pro athletes and other victims to invest in a purported real estate opportunity. Prosecutors say instead of buying the real estate he’d touted he used the money to pay off earlier investors and to cover personal expenses.

George accuses the government of prosecutorial misconduct. He has filed to have his conviction reversed.

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