Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company who used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off.

Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of rupees – or millions of dollars – from home buyers for a project named Ballet by Maria Sharapova, a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities. The five-time grand slam champion travelled to India in 2013 to launch the project at a glitzy ceremony. Police began the investigation on 16 November.

Maria Sharapova is under investigation by police in India for her potential involvement in a real estate conspiracy case. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images


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