Former NBA Players Charged in Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme
In SummaryFormer NBA players have been charged for defrauding the league's health benefit plan by about $4 million over three years.
Eighteen former players have been charged with defrauding the health and welfare benefit plan from the NBA.
According to The Washington Post, they defrauded the plan out of $4 million. Federal prosecutors took the players into custody Thursday morning after the indictment was handed down.
The players engaged in the scheme by submitting false claims to get reimbursed for medical and dental expenses they never received. Court documents say the scheme was carried out from 2017 to 2020.
Terrence Williams was the first to process false claims in the scheme. He submitted $19,000 in fraudulent claims in November 2017 for chiropractic care. He received a payout of $7,672. After that, he recruited other players and offered to provide them with fake invoices from a chiropractor and dentist, The Washington Post reported.
The other indicted NBA players include Alan Anderson, Anthony Allen, Shannon Brown, William Bynum, Melvin Ely, Christopher Douglas-Roberts, Anthony Wroten, Milton Palacio, Sebastian Telfair, Antoine Wright, Darius Miles, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Gregory Smith, Ronald Glen Davis and Jamario Moon.
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