Jackson doctor riddled with debts: court documents

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM EST

Michael Jackson's doctor is more than 770,000 dollars in debt and his luxury resort home in Las Vegas faces foreclosure, court documents filed in Nevada have revealed.

Conrad Murray -- whose home and office in Nevada were raided by authorities on Tuesday -- began working for Jackson in May, after creditors went to court to recoup more than 363,000 dollars he owed for office equipment.

He also had been ordered to pay 71,000 in overdue student loans, documents revealed. The doctor also faces likely foreclosure on his home in a gated community in Las Vegas after missing over 100,000 dollars in mortgage payments.

He has failed to pay his 15,000 monthly payments on the 5,268-square-foot house since January, a loan officer with Stewart Title confirmed.

In addition, Murray faces two other lawsuits over unpaid bills for about 240,000 in equipment for his Las Vegas-based heart practice, Global Cardiovascular Associates.

Last December, he was also hit with almost 3,700 dollars in judgments for failing to pay for child support in San Diego.

The mountain of debts could explain why Murray abandoned his own practice in Las Vegas to accept a 150,000-dollar a month job as Jackson's personal doctor ahead of the singer's 50-date comeback concert series in London.

Jackson died June 25, and authorities are probing whether his death was a criminal act, with Murray the center of investigators attention.

Documents unsealed on Thursday showed that authorities searched Murray's property seeking evidence of manslaughter, unprofessional conduct, "prescribing or treating an addict" and excessive prescribing.

The documents revealed that authorities seized a variety of computer equipment, a phone message book, a CD with the name of an alias Jackson commonly used, cell phone records and an iPhone.

Police searched a rented storage space in Las Vegas on Tuesday but removed nothing from it, according to the documents.




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