18 former NBA players were charged with defrauding the Health and Welfare Benefit Plan for nearly $4 million.
By Enderson Gómez
18 former NBA players have been charged in a federal court in New York in an alleged health care fraud scheme involving the league's Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, according to Tom Winter and Jonathan Dienst of NBC News.
The allegedly fraudulent claims amount to just under $4 million, with the defendants making about $2.5 million in fraudulent profits. The defendants face one count of conspiracy to commit wire and health care fraud.
The list of indicted players is a who's who of former NBA role players. Former lottery pick Terrence Williams is allegedly the leader of the group, and Memphis Grizzlies legend Tony Allen is the most notable former player involved. Allen's wife, Desiree, is also named in the indictment and is the only non-former NBA player on the list.
Other notable names include Glen "Big Baby" Davis, Shannon Brown, Sebastian Telfair, and Darius Miles. Here's the full list:
Terrence Williams allegedly orchestrated the multi-year scheme and recruited other NBA health plan participants to help them by offering them fake invoices to support their allegedly false claims about the health plan. He is accused of receiving kickbacks totaling at least $23,000 in exchange for providing the allegedly false documentation.
Williams, 34, also allegedly helped three co-defendants, Ronald Glen Davis, Charles Watson Jr., and Antoine Wright, obtain false letters of medical necessity to justify some of the services on which the false bills were based.
Williams also allegedly posed as a person who processed claims for the plan at one time to promote his alleged scheme.
This is an absolutely wild story that continues to unfold. There will be a press conference later in the day on Thursday to officially announce the indictment:
Text and photos courtesy of El Fildeo
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards