NBA veterans indicted by New York Federal Court over multi-million dollar health insurance fraud scheme – NBC New York
More than a dozen former NBA players have been indicted in a New York federal court in an alleged multi-million dollar health insurance fraud scheme to scam the league’s benefit plan, according to a indictment unsealed Thursday in the southern district.
The 18 former players named in the indictment include alleged point guard Terrence Williams, selected 11th in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, Anthony Allen, six-time NBA All-Defensive member Tem , former Lakers Guard Shannon Brown and Ronald Glen Davis, who played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers during his career.
Allen’s wife, Desiree Allen, is the only woman charged in the indictment.
Also named in the indictment: Brooklyn-born Sebastian Telfair, who played for half a dozen NBA teams including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Clippers, Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves and Darius Miles, drafted third overall by the Clippers in the 2000 NBA Draft and a first player on the NBA All-Rookie team.
Those charged face one count of conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud.
According to the grand jury indictment, the defendants are said to have embarked on a widespread program from at least 2017 until about 2020 to defraud the NBA player health and welfare benefit plan by submitting bogus claims for medical and dental services that were never actually rendered.
These allegedly fraudulent claims totaled approximately $ 3.9 million, of which the defendants obtained approximately $ 2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, according to the indictment.
Williams is said to have orchestrated the multi-year program and recruited other NBA health plan participants to help them by offering them bogus bills to back up their alleged health plan claims. He is accused of receiving bribes totaling at least $ 23,000 in exchange for the alleged false documentation.
Williams, 34, is also said to have helped three co-defendants – Ronald Glen Davis, Charles Watson Jr. and Antoine Wright – obtain bogus medical necessity letters to justify some of the services the bogus bills were based on.
Williams is also alleged to have impersonated an individual who dealt with diet claims at some point in connection with his purported scheme.
This is a developing story.