18 former NBA players have been accused of Healthcare Fraud for submitting false documents in order to get reimbursed for medical and dental services.
- The fraud amounts to around 4 Millions USD
- Federal prosecutors alleged that Terrence Williams is the ringleader
- All 18 players are in custody
18 former NBA players have been charged in New York federal court in a 4 million USD insurance fraud where they were submitting false documents for reimbursement for dental and medical services.
The 18 former players named in the indictment include alleged scheme ringleader Terrence Williams, selected 11th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the then-New Jersey Nets, six-time NBA All-Defensive Team member Tony Allen, former Lakers Guard Shannon Brown and Ronald Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers over the course of his career.
All were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, which carries the potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Williams was also charged with aggravated identity theft, which carries a potential penalty of up to two years in prison.
By late morning, 16 of them were in custody after arrests in a dozen locations nationwide. The FBI said “this remains an ongoing investigation,” though it was not clear if more arrests were expected.
These are the former players charged in the indictment unsealed Thursday:
- Terrence Williams
- Alan Anderson
- Shannon Brown
- William Bynum
- Melvin Ely
- Christopher Douglas-Roberts
- Anthony Wroten
- Milton Palacio
- Sebastian Telfair
- Antoine Wright
- Darius Miles
- Ruben Patterson
- Eddie Robinson
- Jamario Moon
“The benefit plans provided by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to our players are critically important to support their health and well-being throughout their playing careers and over the course of their lives, which makes these allegations particularly disheartening. We will cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this matter,” the league said in a statement.