18 Former NBA Players Have Been Charged With Multi-Million Dollar Insurance Fraud

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The lifetime of an NBA participant could be glamorous. You receives a commission thousands and thousands of {dollars} to play a sport, and it comes with fame, endorsement offers, free gear, and a complete lot extra. However for those who’re not a celebrity, these contracts aren’t almost as large — and that cash can disappear fairly shortly.

Generally, that lack of cash turns into determined measures to save lots of on spending.

The U.S. legal professional’s workplace in Manhattan charged 18 former NBA gamers, led by Terrence Williams, of scamming a league medical health insurance fund price almost $4 million. Tony Allen, Sebastian Telfair, and Glen “Big Baby” Davis have been additionally among the many gamers charged.

The workplace accused the previous gamers of submitting false claims for medical, dental, and different healthcare remedies, getting reimbursed for care they by no means obtained. The gamers took house a couple of collective $2.5 million in whole.

Terrence Williams (#55) dunks throughout a sport with the Boston Celtics. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Pictures)

All of the gamers concerned have been charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, which might equal as much as 20 years in jail. Williams was additionally charged with aggravated identification theft.

In accordance with prosecutors, Williams obtained fraudulent medical and dental invoices from 2017 to 2020. He despatched these invoices to the opposite gamers, who then submitted faux claims to the NBA’s healthcare fund. The plan—which is funded by NBA groups and designed to assist gamers’ well being and well-being throughout their taking part in days and after retirement—paid the claims, believing they have been actual. 

Williams made round $230,000 from the defendants, and in addition allegedly reviewed some claims earlier than they have been submitted. His identification theft cost comes from pretending to be a plan supervisor when one other participant did not give him a kickback.

The healthcare fund reimbursed Allen $420,075 and Telfair $358,356 for chiropractic and dental providers they claimed. After it realized the claims have been fraudulent, the fund retroactively denied the funds. Allen paid again all however $70,000 of the cash he obtained, whereas Telfair did not return any cash.

In lots of circumstances, gamers have been submitting claims detailing the identical varieties of providers from chiropractors and dentists. Generally, the notes have been written from medical practices with the reason that the gamers have been there for damage remedy. Nonetheless, the letters weren’t all the time on official letterhead and included spelling and grammar errors, together with one participant misspelling his personal identify. And the gamers weren’t the place they mentioned they have been—typically staying in a unique state solely from the place their alleged remedy befell. 

The indictment says the claims have been for faux medical bills price between $65,000 and $420,000. Because the case is ongoing, the charged gamers could need to repay the cash and might be substantial jail time.


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