An alleged scheme to defraud the NBA health plan of millions of dollars has led to the arrest and indictment of nearly 20 former NBA players.
Jonathan Dienst of NBC New York reported on Thursday that 18 NBA veterans were named in the indictment, and all are facing a count of conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud. The wife of one of the former players has also been indicted.
Breaking: 18 former NBA players arrested in an alleged health insurance fraud scheme involving the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan. Notable names include Sebastian Telfair, Tony Allen, Glen Davis and Shannon Brown. (Via NBC)
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According to Dienst, who reviewed the grand jury indictment, the three-year scheme allegedly involved the former players submitting fake reimbursement claims for exams and procedures that were never done. The indictment alleges that they took in around $2.5 million from a total of $3.9 million in fake claims.
Terrence Williams, the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, was allegedly the ringleader and is accused of having impersonated an insurance plan employee as part of the scheme.
Via NBC New York:
Williams allegedly orchestrated the years-long scheme and recruited other NBA health plan participants to assist by offering them fake invoices to support their allegedly false health plan claims. He is accused of receiving kickback payments totaling at least $23,000 in return for providing the alleged false documentation.
The 34-year-old Williams also allegedly helped three co-defendants — Ronald Glen Davis, Charles Watson Jr. and Antoine Wright — obtain fake letters of medical necessity to justify some of the services on which the false invoices were based.
Williams also allegedly impersonated an individual who processed plan claims at one point in furtherance of his alleged scheme.
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