On Thursday, numerous former NBA players were indicted in New York State federal court for taking part in a health insurance fraud scheme involving the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.
According to Jonathan Dienst, Tom Winter and Courtney Copenhagen of WNBC-TV, the alleged scheme from 2017-20 that involved 18 former NBA players, led by Terrence Williams, the 11th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft who played for the then-New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets in his career. Other notable former players include Ronald Davis, a/k/a Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tony Allen, Sebastian Telfair and Darius Miles. One woman, Desiree Allen, Tony’s wife, was named among the defendants.
The whole list of defendants can be seen below.
Alan Anderson was one of two defendants who played for the Washington Wizards, from 2015-16 where he averaged 5.0 points in just 13 appearances. According to the Dienst, Winter and Copenhagen article, Anderson was allegedly in the scheme by helping get fake letters to process fake invoices, which ultimately allowed the payment of proceeds.
The second is Will Bynum, who played for Washington toward the end of the 2014-15 season. He only made seven regular season and three playoff appearances for Washington.
The scheme involved the invoicing of medical and dental procedures which never occurred, resulting in payments of $3.9 million, $2.5 million of which was given to the defendants.
It’s unclear how the alleged fraud was discovered and whether there are more former players implicated in the scheme.