The NBA is now in a mess.
It was reported earlier today NBC News The 1 former player has been charged by federal authorities with a total of million 1 million in scams from the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan – and has been caught for grammatical errors and other obvious red flags in their false documents.
Allegedly, the former players, led by former Celtic Terrence Williams, planned to defraud the NBA facility by submitting horrific fake medical and dental claims to compensate for those costs.
Notable among the accused players are Glenn “Big Baby” Davis, Tony Allen, Shannon Brown, Sebastian Telfair and Darius Miles.
Williams received kickback payments from 10 other players for at least 230,000 in exchange for providing fake documents.
This guy can go as far as he wants Disguise a claim processor To intimidate a player who refused to give him a kickback, federal officials have complained.
The alleged plot, which ran from 2017 to 2020, saw that plan administrators received a fabricated claim of about $ 9.8 million. The players are accused of receiving about 2.5 2.5 million in funding from their fake claims.
According to the complaint, Williams, who was selected by lottery in the 200 NBA draft, is considered the mastermind behind the operation. He alleged that he orchestrated the scheme and hired participants in other NBA health plans to help other squares with fraudulent invoices that could be shut down as demanded by other players.
Many forms of fake invoices and medical requirements were bizarre because “they are not in letterhead, they have abnormal formatting, they have grammatical errors” and were sent on the same date from different offices according to the documents related to the case.
Last month, NFL Clinton Ports, Tamarick Vanover, and Robert McQueen plead guilty to a nationwide wellness plan fraud scheme and could face years in prison.
Unlike the NFL, the NBA has no history of withholding medical funds from former players. With the NFL Race rules A reputation for practicing and trying Hide the CTE case, The condition of former football players looks completely different from these former-NBA boys.
Allen was known as one of the NBA’s main defenders during his career. Davis was one of the most favorite characters in the league when he played and was important in the race for the Boston Celtics 200 Championship.
I’m not going to speculate about what’s going to happen in the future in this case. A big part of me doesn’t want these people to go to jail, I just want them not to be allowed to get any money from the benefit plan going forward and maybe face some kind of compensation.
But play stupid games, win stupid prizes.