NEW YORK (AP) — Eighteen former NBA gamers have been charged with defrauding the league’s well being and welfare profit plan out of about $4 million, in response to an indictment Thursday in New York.
Federal prosecutors deliberate a information convention to explain the case that was introduced in Manhattan federal court docket. By late morning, 16 of the defendants have been in custody, authorities stated.
In accordance with the indictment, the ex-players engaged in a widespread scheme to defraud the plan by submitting false and fraudulent claims to get reimbursed for medical and dental bills that have been by no means truly incurred.
The 18 gamers have been amongst 19 people charged within the indictment. It stated that the scheme was carried out from a minimum of 2017 to 2020, when the plan acquired false claims totaling about $3.9 million. Of that, the defendants acquired about $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.
A request for remark to the league wasn’t instantly returned.
Amongst these charged was Anthony Allen, a six-time All-Defensive workforce choice and a member of the 2008 champion Boston Celtics. His spouse was additionally indicted. For essentially the most half, although, the ex-players charged had journeyman careers taking part in for a number of totally different groups and by no means reached anyplace near the big stardom or wage that prime gamers command.
One other former participant charged within the scheme was Sebastian Telfair, a one-time highschool star in New York who was extremely touted when he turned professional, although his NBA profession with eight franchises by no means introduced the stardom some had anticipated.
These charged additionally included 4 NBA champions. Ronald Glen Davis, together with Allen, was a part of that 2008 title workforce in Boston. Shannon Brown gained two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Melvin Ely gained a title with San Antonio in 2007.
Amongst others who have been charged, Anthony Wroten, Ruben Patterson and Darius Miles have been the one gamers who averaged double figures for his or her NBA profession.
Wroten averaged 11.1 factors in 145 profession video games. Patterson averaged 10.7 factors per sport with six totally different groups. Miles, the No. 3 choose within the 2000 draft, averaged 10.1 factors per sport and performed with 4 totally different franchises.
AP Basketball Author Tim Reynolds is predicated in Miami.