October 7 (WNN) — Federal prosecutors in New York said Thursday they have accused 18 former NBA players of defrauding the league’s health plan by nearly $4 million by filing multiple bogus claims between 2017 and 2020.
According to the allegations, the players submitted claims for various medical and dental expenses that were never incurred and were intended to defraud the NBA players’ health and welfare benefit scheme.
Prosecutors said Thursday that 16 of the former players named in the indictment have been arrested.
Players named in the case include Sebastian Telfair, Glenn Davis, Darius Miles, Alan Anderson, Anthony Allen, Shannon Brown, William Bynum, Christopher Douglas-Roberts, Melvin Alley, Jamario Moon, Milton Palacio, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Gregory Smith . , Charles Watson Jr., Antoine Wright, Anthony Rotten and Terrence Williams.
The former players are facing charges of health and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit identity theft.
Prosecutors said the fraud claims totaled about $3.9 million, of which $2.5 million was paid.
The indictment named Williams as the plan’s leader, and prosecutors said he admitted to recruiting other players in the plan. He said he received at least $230,000 in payments from ten players for providing false documents.