Charles Oakley and Las Vegas might be a bad combination

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The violation is punishable by up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 but Oakley is not expected to serve jail time.

Another bad turn for Charles Oakley.

Former NBA forward Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas after he allegedly was caught by surveillance cameras cheating at a casino, TMZ reported Thursday.

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Board told TMZ that the 54-year-old Oakley 'was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known'. The team played in Oakland, Calif., two days before the incident and has a game in Detroit on Friday. After security confronted him, Oakley was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m.

Oak's gambling charge is serious business - "to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment".

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"This is not a significant matter and we expect it to be resolved quickly", Alex Spiro, Oakley's New York-based attorney, told ESPN.

Oakley's Las Vegas arrest comes after a high-profile spat with the Knicks past year following his forcible ejection from Madison Square Garden during a game in February.

Oakley now is the head coach of the Killer 3's in Ice Cube's BIG3 League.

The No. 9 overall pick in 1985 out of Virginia Union, Oakley spent 19 years in the National Basketball Association. Oakley later agreed to a plea deal to have the charges dropped and subsequently filed the civil suit.

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