Toni Kukoc is a name best known for being the X-Factor and 6th man of the second Chicago Bulls three-peat, but the Croatian legend was a huge name in Europe and one of the biggest talents the game has ever seen. He hasn't been in the news for quite a while, but the recent legal trouble in which the Bulls legend has found himself has made his name relevant again.
Huge money in play
As reported by BasketNews, Toni Kukoc has decided to take action against his former partners and file a suit against EFG International Bank, which has merged with BSI (Banca Svizzera Italiana), claiming the Swiss bank worked together with his former financial advisor to steal from him back in 2004.
Paolo Banfi, who was Kukoc's financial advisor since 1991 and served him well, is at the center of it all. Everything was going fine until 2004 when a personal banker by the name of Paolo Zola came into the picture through BSI.
Banfi and Zola worked together to steal money from Toni's accounts, forge his signature and authorize about 300 transactions in the period between 2004 and 2007. The biggest transaction would be a hotel project in Lugano, Switzerland, although Kukoč never visited the place or signed any documents personally, for that matter. The whole project took about $7.5M from the $11M total that was stolen from Kukoc's account.
Now, Toni is seeking justice and trying to reveal the truth in the Swiss courts. Unfortunately, he isn't having too much success because of the longstanding relationship between Swiss banks and Swiss courts. Hopefully, the Croatian legend gets the chance to speak his truth and get his money back.