18 Former NBA Players Accused of Draining Almost $4 Million From League's Health Plan

Eighteen former NBA players have been accused of defrauding the league’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan out of almost $4 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced Thursday.

Among the players are Sebastian Telfair, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tony Allen, Ruben Patterson, Shannon Brown, Will Bynum, Christopher Douglas-Roberts, Terrence Williams, Alan Anderson, Tony Wroten, Jamario Moon, and more.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has scheduled a noon EST Thursday news conference at a Manhattan courthouse to discuss the indictment, which alleges that the 18 former players — and 19 people total, with Tony Allen’s wife Desiree also charged — were involved in a scheme that drained over $3.9 million from the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan through false claims. 

The scheme — where the accused players were reimbursed for medical procedures that never took place — was carried out from 2017 to 2020, the indictment statesEach player has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare and wire fraud.

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