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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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PG    

Kong and Lamar are still thieves. Nice try KMZ.

364 days ago
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Truth is    

Charities are fraudulent...pays CEO and owners 6 figure salary and neglect the poor and needy

364 days ago
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Jacob    

What in Los Angeles *isn't* a fraud?

364 days ago
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Hot Chocolate    

I think you all should go back to the table and discuss this. I don't think Kareem would just rip anybody off nor allow it.

364 days ago
5.

Gary    

Yea...did KMZ report on Lamar and Khloes phony charity much?...doubtful...! Harvey and Mike might not get invited to the family parties.

364 days ago
6.

IwuvTMZ    

She looks like a crook-ette.

364 days ago
7.

JayJerkey    

It was Kareem's birthday yesterday.!!

Happy Birthday Kareem!!!

364 days ago
8.

Sammy    

Morales is suffering from poverty. atleast the bballer's Skyhook Foundation charity helps the needy so guess she's in need and got just one way to get raw cash.. Nice one Morales.

364 days ago
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msteve    

This is what happens to these people who don't want to pay taxes and don't understand when you create a charity to avoid them it needs to be legit. They make so much money and don't want to contribute to society it's sickening. Mainly because most of these athletes used to be poor and I'm sure were on some type of government assistance at some point. Either that or they went to public schools and enjoyed some sort of collective help. We are all responsible from the richest of the rich to the poorest to the poor to making this country great.

364 days ago
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boo    

I've been watching Kareem on Splash. That celeb diving show. Now I know why diving is a smaller persons sport. But I give him props because he has heart and courage to do that. I have a monster fear of heights and I would not be able to do that.

364 days ago
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Truth    

TYPICAL... MAJORITY OF CELEB CHARITIES ARE TAX FRAUDS FOR PURPOSE OF HIDING INCOME AND NOT PAYING TAXES. BILLY SAMMETH, FORMER MGR TO JOAN RIVERS WAS FIRED FOR QUESTIONING TRUMPSTER'S FAKE CHARITY ON CELEB APPRENTICE. HE BID ON SOME DUMB IVANKA TRUMP JEWELLERY FOR SOME SO-CALLED CHARITY. HE NOTICED THE $10K BID LANDED ON HIS CREDIT CARD AND UNDER SOME LAME NAME. HE FOUND OUT IT WAS NO REAL CHARITY BUT SOME SHELL GAME UNDER MARK BURNETT PRODUCTIONS (PRODUCER FOR CELEB APPRENTICE). HE QUESTIONED IT AND WANTED A TAX DEDUCTION RECEIPT OR ELSE HE WOULD FOLLOW THROUGH WITH A CHARGE BACK. WORD GOT TO JOAN THAT HER MGR WAS CAUSING "TROUBLE" AND SHE GOT HIM FIRED NOT TO ROCK THE BOAT (AKA TRUMP'S MONEY) CUZ THAT MIGHT LOOK BAD ON HER AND END HER CAREER. PERFECT EXAMPLE... ALL THESE FAKE ASS CELEB CHARITIES. DONT EVER DONATE TO A SINGLE ONE OF THEM UNLESS THEY ARE REPPING NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CHAIRTIES - POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

364 days ago
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samson    

Kareem wasn't named as a defendant, but it "looks like Kareem will be forced to get back on defense"? Did your "comedy" writers actually read your piece?

364 days ago
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zzyzx    

Why don't you report on Kris Jenners charity church fraud TMZ? Kardashians sell stuff on eBay and donate the proceeds to a "charity" that, wait for it, Kris Jenner runs and collects a salary from. No "Exclusive Story" there I see.

364 days ago
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Ozzie X    

Who gives a ***t there is a bunch of corporate, charity, foundation swindling, cooking the books. It happens everyday. SEC is a worthless POS.

364 days ago
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Pat    

Wow, sounds like you can't trust any of these "BBaller" stars, at least this guy and the guy Kris Jenner hired to play Khloe Kardshian's. husband.

364 days ago
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