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FOUNDER OF BASKETBALL LEAGUE AMONG 7 FACING FRAUD CHARGES

A founder of a summer basketball league in Buffalo was among seven persons named in a 29-count federal indictment alleging fraud.

T'Challo "Roy" Radford, 28, a founder of the Buffalo Basketball Association several years ago, and the six others were charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, mail fraud, making a false statement and use of false Social Security numbers in the indictment announced Wednesday by the U.S. attorney's office.

Also indicted were: Dwain Laws, 24; Travelle Mingo, 25; Vincent Bowers, 27; Lakisha Salter, 26; Nathaniel Salters, 32; and James Nance, 25.

Authorities said many of those indicted were officers of the basketball league, which had operated out of 752 Fillmore Ave.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Gromis said the indictment charges the seven with committing numerous frauds between 1996 and September 1998, by obtaining drivers licenses and other identification documents in names other than their own, and using those documents to open bank accounts in New York and Ohio.

Then, according to Gromis, worthless checks were deposited in the bank accounts, cashed and the money used by the defendants to make purchases. The defendants also had others open bank accounts and turn over the automatic teller machine cards and code numbers, which were used to deposit more worthless checks and withdraw money.

The charges against the seven carry maximum penalties, upon conviction, of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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