Clippers commentator Michael Smith to be arraigned on grand theft charges [updated]
Prosecutors say Smith and an associate persuaded a former teacher with an inoperable brain tumor to use his home as collateral for a loan on a development project that never went through. The 65-year-old man is expected to lose his home.
The arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m.
[UPDATED, 9:41 a.m.: Smith's lawyer, Dyke Huish, has denied the charges. "Mike is absolutely not guilty of any criminal activity, period, and we fully expect to show this in court," Huish told The Times.]
Huish acknowledged Smith owed money and that he intends on paying it back.
Smith, 44, could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
-- Austin Knoblauch
Photo: Michael Smith. Credit: Jeff Lewis / Associated Press