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Boxer passed $200,000 in bad checks at Las Vegas casino, complaint says

Antonio Tarver, a former world champion boxer who was arrested in Clearwater Saturday night, is accused of passing bad checks totaling $200,000 to a Las Vegas casino, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nevada.

Between July 24 and July 27 in 2012, Tarver, 45, deposited three checks at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in exchange for "cash and/or gaming chips." But the checks — two totaling $50,000 and one totaling $100,000 — bounced, the complaint says.

Tarver, who lives in Lutz, faces charges of drawing and passing a check without sufficient funds, as well as theft.

Throughout his career, Tarver, an Orlando native, won several boxing titles, both as a heavyweight and as a light-heavyweight, from the International Boxing Federation, the International Boxing Organization and the North American Boxing Federation. His latest professional fight was a November win over Mike Sheppard in Sunrise.

He was arrested by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper on U.S. 19 at Sunset Point Road about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the Clark County warrant, according to his arrest affidavit.

Tarver remained at the Pinellas County jail Monday with bail set at $215,425.

Boxer passed $200,000 in bad checks at Las Vegas casino, complaint says 03/03/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 3, 2014 9:22pm]

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