More than a dozen retired NBA players have been indicted for defrauding the league’s health care plan, according to federal court records Thursday.
Federal prosecutors allege that 18 players – including Tony Allen, Glenn Davis, Darius Miles and Sebastian Telfair – submitted fraudulent reimbursement claims between 2017 and 2020 for a total of $3.9 million, and approximately $2.5 million in the process. Pockets loosened. Allen’s wife Desiree has also been accused in connection with the scheme.
In some instances, defendants claimed to have received medical treatment on a specified date when, in fact, they were not in the same state or country at the time, according to the indictment, which was filed in the Southern District of New York. .
In other cases, several former players sought reimbursement for the same treatment on the same date. For example, Allen, Davis and Tony Rotten claimed they had root canals on the same six teeth on the same date in 2016. Allen and Rotten also claimed that they had a root canal on the same 13 teeth two years later on the same date.
“The defendant’s playbook included fraud and fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York. at a news conference. “Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement partners, their alleged plan has been disrupted and they must answer for their open violations of the law.”
Strauss said the FBI arrested 16 defendants Thursday morning. One of the defendants, Telfair, was due to appear in a New York court later on Thursday. He said others would appear in the districts where they were arrested.
The plan was spearheaded by Terrence Williams, who was ranked 11th overall in the 2009 draft. Strauss called Heim a “lynchpin”.
Williams allegedly submitted a fabricated challan from a chiropractor’s office in November 2017 for the treatment, which he did not receive. The NBA Players Health and Welfare Benefit Plan reimbursed him more than $7,600. He then proceeded to recruit other players to join the scheme, according to the indictment – sending fake invoices to other former players in exchange for a cut of income.
Prosecutors allege that Williams eventually got at least $230,000 in kickbacks.
Williams, who played college basketball in Louisville, spent just four seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Rockets, Kings, and Celtics. He played 78 games in his rookie season and never played more than 30 games in a season after that. After dropping out of the NBA, he played overseas until his professional career ended in 2015.
Ten other players, including Allen, Davis, Miles, Telfair, Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown, Jamario Moon, Ruben Patterson, Melvin Alley and Will Bynum, spent five seasons or more in the league.
Allen, Brown, Davis and Ally also played on championship teams.
All defendants have been charged with health care fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Williams is also being charged with serious identity theft.
Ex-NBA players’ plans look similar One held by several retired NFL players from mid-2017 to mid-2018. Former Denver and Washington running back Clinton Portis is among ex-NFLers who pleaded guilty in relation to a plan where the group submitted claims for nearly $4 million in medical equipment that was never purchased.