Maria Sharapova booked by Indian police on cheating charges

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Maria Sharapova has been booked by Indian police on cheating allegations, this time on her business activities rather than athletics.

Sharapova is being accused of misleading prospective homebuyers through a luxury housing project – Ballet by Sharapova – which was supposedly set to launch last year in Gurgaon, a city located southwest of New Delhi in India.

The project never officially took off.

Last year, Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. She had her initial two-year ban reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled that the Russian bore “less than significant fault” in the case and that she could not “be considered to be an intentional doper.”

The firm behind the project’s development has allegedly stolen millions of dollars from several homebuyers who never heard or received their money back from the firm known as Homestead. The firm has also been booked by Indian police and will be charged on similar charges.

Xinhua news agency quoted one homebuyers who said Sharapova should be held liable as she “not only aggressively promoted the fraudulent activities of the accused, but also supported the project in the eyes of the general public”.

The next hearing will be held on Thursday.

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