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18 former NBA players arrested and charged in fraud case

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Former NBA players including Glen Davis, Tony Allen, and Sebastian Telfair have been arrested and charged federally in an alleged health care scam, according to Tom Winter and Jonathan Dienst of NBC News.

The players have been charged with defrauding the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan out of roughly $4 million, according to law enforcement officials.

The players involved and some of their relatives submitted approximately $3.9 million in fraudulent claims and actually received $2.5 million in fraudulent payments, notes Winter and Dienst.

Many of the players charged aren’t household names, but several of them have won NBA championships and/or had long careers in the league.

The full list of players:

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

The indictment says that Terrence Williams “orchestrated” a plan to submit false claims to the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.

Williams, the former No. 11 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, allegedly offered to supply false invoices from a group of former players in exchange for kickback payments worth up to $230,000 from 10 other players, per Winter and Dienst.

Tony Allen’s wife was also charged in the indictment.

Another point to make note of in all this is that the Memphis Grizzlies were scheduled to retire Allen’s number in January, so it’s fair to wonder if the two sides may decide to postpone the ceremony, notes John Hollinger of The Athletic.

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