Walker says he'll repay casino debt

December 01, 2009

Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges with three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges, a defense lawyer and prosecutor said Monday. The plan calls for Walker to pay a minimum of almost $13,000 per month over five years to settle a complaint stemming from casino debts at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.

The case stemmed from $1 million in casino markers, or promises to pay, that Walker racked up between July 2008 and January 2009. In Nevada, unpaid markers are treated as bad checks and can be turned over to the district attorney.

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