Charles Oakley Arrested for Cheating at a Casino; Faces 1-6 Years In Prison

In his days as an NBA enforcer, Charles Oakley was known to smack a few opposing players upside their head and deliver a message that he wasn’t there to play around.

Off the court, nothing really has changed with his age. The former NBA player is in some deep trouble now after he got himself arrested at the Cosmopolitan earlier this week, accused of cheating during a game.

TMZ Sports has learned … the ex-NBA star was arrested at the Cosmopolitan on July 8 after allegedly trying to pull a fast one during a gambling session — and it was all caught on video.

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Board tell us Oakley “was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known.”

Unclear what game he was playing at the time — but one source with knowledge of the incident says Oak tried to pull back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose.”

It must be noted that Oakley made $46 million during his career in the NBA.

“Oak was confronted about the incident — and it was kicked over to a security team which reviewed the casino video footage … confirming the alleged cheating.

The 54-year-old was taken into custody at 5:30 PM and booked into Clark County Detention Center.

Oak’s gambling charge is serious business — “to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment.” He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

A source close to Oakley tells us, “This is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved.”

Oakley currently is the head coach of the Killer 3’s in Ice Cube’s BIG3 League.

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