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India Police Launch Probe Into Fraud Case Involving Tennis Star Sharapova

© AFP 2021 / ROBYN BECKRussian tennis player Maria Sharapova speaks at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles, California, March 7, 2016
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova speaks at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles, California, March 7, 2016 - Sputnik International
Indian police has initiated a preliminary investigation into a fraud luxury apartment project in India, involving Russian tennis five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, a lawyer Piyush Singh told Sputnik on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — According to Singh, the fact that Sharapova features in the first information report does not make her a defendant in the fraud case. The main figures in the projected case are the senior managers of the Homestead Infrastructure Development, Homestead Infrastructure Maintenance and Homestead Arabic Homes companies, which developed the project.

"The first information report was registered… Sharapova was involved in the project, she advertised a tennis academy… The police will launch an investigation. She received money from the real estate developer, and if she knew that the company did not intend to implement the project, measures will be taken," the lawyer said.

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In early November, a court in New Delhi ordered to register the first information report against Sharapova following a client's complaint. The woman paid $77,000 to the company responsible for the luxury apartment project "Ballet by Sharapova" in the Indian second-largest city of Gurgaon, which was supposed to be finalized by 2016, however, the construction has not been even launched. The tennis player features in the advertising brochures and allegedly visited the city to promote the project.

Over 1,500 people have invested in the "Ballet by Sharapova" housing project. This was not the first project of the Homestead group of companies involving world stars.

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