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18 former NBA players arrested over alleged healthcare fraud scheme

18 former NBA players arrested over alleged healthcare fraud scheme
Terrence Williams, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Tony Allen among group indicted in alleged fraud scheme

Eighteen former NBA players were arrested and charged in an alleged healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded the league’s health and benefits plan out of $4m.

A grand jury indictment unsealed in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleges that Terrence Williams “orchestrated” a plan to file false claims to the league’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, then allegedly offered to provide fraudulent invoices from former players in exchange for payments to him.

Parmi les 19 total people charged are Glen “Big Baby” Davis, a former member of the 2008 championship Boston Celtics, as well as former fellow Celtics champion and six-time NBA All-Defensive Team member Tony Allen. His wife Desiree is also charged.

Other men included in the indictment are Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown, William Bynum, Christopher Douglas-Roberts, Melvin Ely, Jamario Moon, Darius Miles, Milton Palacio, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Gregory Smith, Sebastian Telfair, Charles Watson Jr., Antoine Wright, and Anthony Wroten.

FBI agents have arrested 16 defendants.

The benefits plan reimburses medical payments for current and former players. Charges include conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud, spanning an alleged scheme that ran from 2017 par 2020.

US Attorney Audrey Strauss described Mr Williams as “the scheme’s lynchpin” during a press conference on 7 octobre. He “provided other players with false invoices for medical and dental procedures they never received," elle a dit.

The plan ultimately paid out $2.5m to defendants, selon les procureurs. Mr Williams also received $230,000 in kickbacks, Ms Strauss said. He was also charged with aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors “will have to answer for their fragrant violations of law,” Ms Strauss said.

L'indépendant has requested comment from the league and the NBA Players Association.

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