Former NBA player Gatling accused of squatting

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Chris Gatling is a former NBA All-Star who was a first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors, played for 10 years for eight teams.

He retired in 2002 and now 11 years later he has been accused of squatting in a four-bedroom Paradise Valley, Ariz., house for nearly a year, then trying to rent out the property.

Gatling has a pretrial hearing scheduled for June 7. An Aug. 8 trial date has been set. He has been charged with two counts of theft and forgery, one count of taking the identity of another person and one count of fraud.

Gatling is accused of living in a four-bedroom house in Paradise Valley from July 2010 to August 2011, without the consent of the house's owner, according to USA Today Sports. In 2011, he attempted to rent the property out to a prospective tenant, signed a rental agreement and cashed a rent check and a security deposit check.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Gatling has pleaded not guilty. He turned himself in on March 12. He was released $2,800 bail was posted.

"We believe this to be a misunderstanding, and we are working to resolve the matter," Gatling's attorney Michael Alarid said.
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