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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Lawsuit Claims BBaller's

Charity Is a FRAUD

4/17/2013 5:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0417-kareem-abdul-jabbar-deborah-morales-gettyKareem Abdul-Jabbar's kids charity is a sham ... a front to swindle cash ... this according to a new lawsuit. 

Julien's Auctions
claims it struck a deal to sell Abdul-Jabbar's marquis memorabilia -- championship rings, jerseys, the works.

Deborah Morales
, Kareem's manager and longtime personal friend, negotiated with Julien's and -- as part of the deal -- she allegedly got them to donate $300K to the famed bballer's Skyhook Foundation charity.

Julien's says after it forked over the cash, it discovered Skyhook was not in the charity business at all. It was a front to pad the pockets of Skyhook's mucky mucks ... according to the lawsuit.

Julien's wants Morales to return its $300k and punitive damages to boot.

BTW ... Kareem is NOT named as a defendant.

We've reached out to reps for Kareem, Skyhook, and Morales -- but haven't yet heard back.

Looks like Kareem will be forced to get back on defense.

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