Ex-NBA players arrested in $4M healthcare scam: Big Baby, Sebastian Telfair among those involved

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Eighteen previous NBA gamers have actually been charged in New York federal court for a supposed multi-million-dollar medical insurance scams plan that intended to swindle the league’s health and health advantage prepare for retired gamers, according to an indictment unsealed in the Southern District on Thursday.

The gamers called in the indictment presumably engaged together in an extensive plan targeted at defrauding the league’s strategy by sending incorrect insurance coverage claims in order to get compensated for medical or oral services that were never ever in fact rendered. The plan was performed from a minimum of 2017 to 2020, and amounted to around $4 million in incorrect claims. Out of that cash, the offenders got about $2.5 million in repayments. The NBA launched the following declaration Thursday: 

“The benefit plans provided by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to our players are critically important to support their health and well-being throughout their playing careers and over the course of their lives which makes these allegations particularly disheartening. We will cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this matter.”

Terrence Williams, who was picked 11th general in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Nets, is the supposed ringleader of the scams plan. Williams is stated to have actually managed the strategy and hired other individuals to sign up with by providing phony billings to support their incorrect insurance coverage claims. Williams likewise presumably assisted others acquire phony letters of medical need and impersonated a strategy declare processor. He apparently got a minimum of $230,000 in kickback payments from 10 other gamers for his services. 

In addition to Williams, previous NBA champs Tony Allen, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Shannon Brown and Melvin Ely were likewise amongst those prosecuted. The gamers charged deal with a count of conspiracy to devote healthcare and wire scams, in addition to intensified identity theft. You can see the total list of previous gamers who were charged listed below: 

  • Milt Palacio 
  • Sebastian Telfair 
  • Antoine Wright
  • Charles Watson
  • Darius Miles
  • Ruben Patterson
  • Eddie Robinson
  • Gregory Smith
  • Glen Davis
  • Jamario Moon  
  • Terrence Williams
  • Alan Anderson
  • Tony Allen
  • Shannon Brown
  • William Bynum
  • Melvin Ely
  • Christopher Douglas-Roberts
  • Tony Wroten  

In addition to the 18 previous NBA gamers, Tony Allen’s spouse, Desiree Allen, was likewise charged. Palacio, an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers, has actually been put on administrative leave by the group. 

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