LOS ANGELES (AP/CBSLA) – Eighteen former NBA players, including several ex-Los Angeles Clippers and a former Laker, have been federally charged in a $4 million healthcare fraud scheme.
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The defendants include former Clippers players Darius Miles, Sebastian Telfair and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Shannon Brown, who won two titles with the Lakers, was also charged.
The eighteen ex-players were charged with defrauding the NBA’s health and welfare benefit plan, according to an indictment Thursday in New York.
At least 16 of the defendants were in custody, authorities said.
According to 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 expenses that were never actually incurred.READ MORE: Dodgers Set To Open NLCS Against Braves
The 18 players were among 19 individuals charged in the indictment. It said that the scheme was carried out from at least 2017 to 2020, when the plan received false claims totaling about $3.9 million. Of that, the defendants received about $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.
CBS News reports that the scheme was allegedly orchestrated by Terrence Williams, a former New Jersey Nets player. The indictment alleges he recruited other former players by supplying them fake invoices to support the fraudulent claims.
Among those charged was Tony Allen, a six-time All-Defensive team selection and a member of the 2008 champion Boston Celtics. His wife was also indicted. For the most part, though, the ex-players charged had journeyman careers playing for several different teams and never reached anywhere close to the enormous stardom or salary that top players command.
Others charged also included Melvin Ely, who won a title with San Antonio in 2007, Tony Wroten, Ruben Patterson, Jamario Moon and Antoine Wright.
The 39-year-old Miles was the No. 3 overall pick by the Clippers in 2000.
A request for comment to the league wasn’t immediately returned.MORE NEWS: Water Main Break Forces Road Closure In Marina Del Rey
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