18 former NBA players indicted for allegedly trying to defraud league’s health care plan out of millions

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Manhattan federal prosecutors alleged in the indictment that 18 former NBA players and their family members committed a “widespread plan to defraud the NBA’s health plan” by accumulating nearly $4 million in “false and fraudulent” claims to reimburse for Medicare. ” participated in. And dental services that weren’t really given.

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Those accused in the indictment received about $2.5 million in fraud proceeds, prosecutors said in the indictment.

US Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York told a news conference Thursday that the FBI arrested 16 defendants, including Terrence Williams, whom she called “conspiracy leaders.”

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Granthshala has reached out to Williams for comment.

Strauss said Williams allegedly received fraudulent medical and dental invoices, sent those invoices to his co-conspirators, who then submitted claims to the plan, which paid “most” of his claims for procedures that were They never got it.

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Strauss said the alleged planning began around November 2017.

In all, 19 people were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

Strauss said each man allegedly attempted to claim between $65,000 and $420,000 in fraudulent medical service reimbursement. She said that in many cases the people who submitted the challans were nowhere near the place where they claimed they were receiving treatment.

“Travel records, emails, GPS data and other evidence suggest that defendants who allegedly received medical and dental services at a location on a particular date were often somewhere near providers’ offices,” Strauss said. when the claimed services were provided,” Strauss said.

Strauss, a former NBA player, claimed he received a $48,000 bill on December 20, 2018 at an office in Beverly Hills, California, using IV sedation and root canals and crowns on eight teeth. presented. But Strauss said, to that date, travel records and even “publicly available box scores” show that the man was in fact playing professional basketball in Taiwan.

The indictment alleges that at least 10 co-defendants agreed to pay Williams a total of $230,000 in “kickbacks” in exchange for providing fake invoices to help them with their plan.

“The benefit plans provided to our players by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are critically important to supporting their health and well-being throughout their playing careers and throughout their lives, which makes these allegations particularly disappointing. makes,” the NBA said in a statement. “We will cooperate fully with the US Attorney’s Office on this matter.”

Granthshala has reached out to the NBA and the NBA Players Association for comment. Granthshala is also there to reach out to the defendants.

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