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Eddie Griffin Accused of Bouncing Giant Check

5/6/2009 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie Griffin is in the middle of a seriously nasty lawsuit -- one littered with allegations of deception, fraud and worst of all ... bouncing one of those comically oversized donation checks.

Eddie Griffin

It's all over a $150,000 gift Griffin presented to the "Jamaica 360" program -- which sends 100 African American college grads on a career building vacation to Jamaica. Sure the intentions were good -- but according to a lawsuit filed by a man who went on the trip, the check bounced.

The man, Samir Sayegh, claims he was then duped into lending Griffin his credit card to cover a hotel bill while they were in Jamaica -- but according to the suit, Griffin took the card and secretly made a $150,000 charge to the main developer of J-360. Two weeks later, Samir got a bill from American Express with the six-figure charge.

So now ... AmEx is suing Samir for the $150,000 charge ... and Samir is suing Eddie and all the event developers to make them foot the bill. Good times.

Griffin's lawyer just told us "Eddie is denying all allegations."

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heynow    

ok.. after doing a little research.. ive learned more about samir and the jamaica 360 thing.

the idea behind jamaica 360 was to gather a group of top black college students graduating (many who come from a poverished background) and present them with a trip to jamaica to celebrate their success and i think they involved some key speakers, etc.. in preparation for their upcoming careers.

samir sayegh is an old business acquaintance of eddie's. samir is an older guy in his 40's.

sounds like the way things were worded have made this story much more confusing that it should be.

samir is not a student.

1809 days ago
2.

Sapphyre    

#7 made the best comment. I wouldn't loan him $10.00.

1809 days ago
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BITEME    

SHAME ON YOU !!!!!

EDDIE WHY DO YOU ALWAYS PUT PEOPLE IN THE POOR HOUSE IS THIS YOUR M.O .........
YOU CANT HANDLE IT.....
YOU ALWAYS TAKE KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS,,,GROW UP......

YOUR TRUE FRIEND......(NOT ANYMORE)

1809 days ago
4.

BITEME    

WHAT BROTHER!.... WHO IS UNDER COVER AT LEAST YOU THINK... EDDIE GRIFFIN STOP RIPPING OFF HIS OWN RACE !!!
STEP UP TO THE PLATE GUY...
EDDIE GRIFFIN YOU MAKE THE N WORD A REALITY FOR OUR PEOPLE WE WORK HARD TO WIN THE RACE AND YOU ONLY STEP ON US AS A RACE. STEP UP TO YOUR RACE AND FACE THE BLACK RACE.. YOU MUST BE CHARGED WITH: A MAN WITHOUT A FACE...

1807 days ago
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toofastforyou!    

FIRST AGAIN SUCKERS!!! AND I KNOW EDDY

1810 days ago
6.

arte help    

Good kid, me and my friend Jimmy Skid Marks, gave him his big break at the Improv in L.A. many years ago, now he won't take my calls. Ingrate!!

1810 days ago
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Jem    

How does a college grad have an Amex card with a $150K+ credit limit?

1810 days ago
8.

Fred    

Can't believe someone would be dumb enough to loan Griffin their AMEX card after seeing what happened when Daniel Sadek loaned Griffin his 1.5 million dollar Ferrari.

1810 days ago
9.

Vintage Beauty Queen    

I am glad they can help 100 African Americas. If we were helping 100 Caucasion children we would def. be racist! Its ridiculous how the world works...

1810 days ago
10.

Winsome Davis III    

"Career building vacation in Jamaica'?

Bwahahahahahahahaha!!! Yah mun.

1810 days ago
11.

vestu    

100 African American? What were they gonna have a black power get together? Where's the diversity...

1810 days ago
12.

fred smilek    

yeah! How come that a college graduated has an AMEX WITH $150 CREDIT LIMIT? Unbelievable!

1810 days ago
13.

kml    

Gritz and Gravy.. Kansas City. Missouri!

1810 days ago
14.

Jen    

Uh does this sound fishy to anyone but me? How does some kid that just graduated have enough of a limit on his credit card to cover the hotel bill, much less cover a $150,000 charge? Lol...and furthermore...what kind of career opportunities could a third world country possibly have? Im calling BS.

1810 days ago
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Office Space    

Ya, something isn't right here. If Samir has a $150k credit limit, he doesn't need a "career building vacation" in Jamaica, or at least doesn't need to be sponsored for one.

1810 days ago
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