Once Michael Jordan made clear his intent to marry his Cuban queen, the press went to work to gather up as much information about the elusive Yvette Prieto as possible. In terms of her own personal life, they came up empty-handed in most cases, but they did discover a deep, dark family secret involving her parents, Carlos and Maria Prieto.
According to the National Enquirer, Yvette’s parents, aunt, and uncle were convicted of insurance fraud after they illegally collected “more than $410,000 in payments,” beginning in March 1998. The money was allegedly funneled to a company Yvette’s mom owned, called Pacificare Case Management, Inc., based out of Maria’s residence in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Yvette’s parents were convicted in 2005 and “served 18 months in state prison,” the gossip rag reported.
“This all happened before Michael met Yvette, so the whole family has just swept this bit of information under the rug,” a source told the publication. “I hope Michael protects his money because her parents are very sneaky.”
It’d seem that Jordan didn’t hold the Prietos’ reported past mistakes against them, as the Enquirer noted that the star athlete splurged on a new home for his in-laws.