Tisha Campbell’s ex-husband accused of using Will Smith in bankruptcy scam

Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Photo Credit: Instagram (@tishacampbellmartin)

Tisha Campbell-Martin’s former husband Duane Martin allegedly defrauded Los Angeles County bankruptcy officials who claim he scammed the system when he lied about being broke, the media reports.

According to officials, Duane Martin purposely hid revenue obtained from multiple sources, including a $1.4M loan from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, during the Martins’ bankruptcy filing in January 2016, TMZ states.

Furthermore, documents allegedly show that Duane Martin (“All of Us,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Above the Rim) earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from clothing store and real estate investments, but failed to report that information during bankruptcy proceedings.

The alleged scam was only discovered when Campbell-Martin, 50, who starred in House Party and the sitcom “Martin,” filed for divorce from her husband in February 2018. This is when they learned that Martin may have “concealed” and “diverted valuable assets” in their bankruptcy case.

Specifically, officials accuse Martin, 53, of failing to say that he got a $1.4M loan Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Officials say he planned to use that loan to buy a home and then sell it later for a million dollar profit “with the intention of pocketing the sales,” according to documents obtained by TMZ.

The Smiths have not been accused of being aware of the alleged scam nor are they persons of interest in this case. Officials say Martin was the lone knowledgeable person who used Smith’s loan as part of a larger “sham.”

Officials demand that Martin discharge of debts now be revoked. Government officials also want Martin to turn over any cash he’s been hiding.

TMZ reported that Campbell-Martin also wants money from her ex-husband Duane Martin. As rolling out reported this past summer, she said her former husband was hiding money from her during their marriage.

Insiders snitched to TMZ that Campbell-Martin tried to get Martin to come clean about any hidden income. When it was all said and done, Campbell-Martin had to disclose her findings about hidden assets in order to “avoid jail and be there for their two children,” the report said.

Attempts to reach Martin to answer to these claims have not been successful.

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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