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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2011 file photo, Tobey Maguire, a cast member in "The Details," is interviewed at the premiere of the film at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Maguire and other celebrities and businessmen, including Nick Cassavettes, are being sued by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup more than $4 million he claims the stars won during illicit poker matches in the Los Angeles area. The trustee is suing on behalf of those bilked by an imprisoned Ponzi scheme architect who allegedly used investors' money to pay off his gambling debts.
LOS ANGELES — "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire and other celebrities have been caught in a web of lawsuits seeking to reclaim more than $4 million won during unlicensed poker matches at upscale Beverly Hills hotels.
The lawsuits were filed in March by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup money for investors who were duped in a Ponzi scheme.
The lawsuits claim the clandestine Texas Hold 'em matches were played between 2006 and 2009, with some of the money taken in the Ponzi scheme used to pay off debts incurred in the games.
Maguire is being sued for $311,000 plus interest that the lawsuit says was won by the actor in the poker matches.
Attorney Robert Barta, who represents Maguire, did not immediately return a phone call.
The claims were first reported Wednesday by RadarOnline and Star Magazine.