LeBron's Mentor Penalized For Leaving State

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge has penalized basketball star LeBron James' mentor for accompanying the high school player to a basketball camp in New Jersey.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Ted Schneiderman increased Eddie Jackson Jr.'s bond from $50,000 to $75,000 and imposed a $50,000 signature bond Wednesday.

Jackson faces 35 counts of engaging in corrupt activity, tampering with records, forgery, and money laundering in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme.

Schneiderman said the original bond was vague on whether Jackson could leave Ohio.

"I made it clear with him this time," Schneiderman said.

A message requesting comment was left with Jackson's attorney, Angelo Lonardo.

Schneiderman earlier refused to let Jackson travel to Chicago when James was treated for a broken wrist.

Jackson told the judge in court Wednesday that he thought he was permitted to leave the state on business. He went to New Jersey to talk with Adidas, which along with Nike is interested in signing an endorsement deal with James, Ohio's two-time Mr. Basketball.

Jackson is involved in James' life as a mentor, but is not his father. James' mother, Gloria James, has described Jackson as LeBron's father, saying the boy's biological father never has been involved in his life.

James, 17, will be a senior this fall at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and is expected to be a top NBA draft pick if he decides to skip college and turn pro.

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