Tony Allen, Glen Davis Among 18 NBA Veterans Charged in $4M Health Care Scheme
NBA champions Tony Allen and Glen Davis, along with 16 other former players, were charged with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan by submitting fraudulent claims, according to an indictment Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
The indictment stated that ex-players carried on the scheme from at least 2017 to 2020, submitting false claims of medical and dental expenses to get reimbursed. The false claims totaled about $3.9 million, in which the defendants received about $2.5 million.
Allen, a member of the 2008 champion Boston Celtics and six-time All-Defensive team selection, was charged, as well as his wife, who was also indicted. Davis was also a member of the 2008 champion Celtics.
According to authorities, by late morning Thursday, 16 of the men were in custody.
Shannon Brown, Melvin Ely and Sebastian Telfair were among the others charged.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
A request for comment to the league wasn’t immediately returned.
According to the indictment, the scheme developed after Terrence Williams—who began his career as a first-round NBA draft pick in 2009—submitted $19,000 in fraudulent claims to the plan in November 2017 for chiropractic care. The claims led to a $7,672 payout for Williams.
The indictment said he then recruited other former NBA players to defraud the plan and offered to provide fraudulent invoices from a chiropractor and dentist in Southern California and a wellness office in Washington state.
At least 10 of the ex-players paid kickbacks totaling about $230,000 to Williams, according to the court papers. A lawyer who has represented Williams in the past declined to comment.
What was then the New Jersey Nets picked Williams as No. 11 in the 2009 draft. He went on to play with four franchises—the Nets, Boston, Houston and Sacramento—over four seasons as a role player, averaging 7.1 points per game. He was waived by Boston two days after his 26th birthday in 2013 and hasn’t appeared in the league since.
For the most part, 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.
Telfair was a high school star in New York who was highly touted when he turned pro, though his NBA career with eight franchises never brought the stardom some had expected.
Brown won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Ely won a title with San Antonio in 2007.
Among others who were charged, Anthony Wroten, Ruben Patterson and Darius Miles were the only players who averaged double figures for their NBA career.
Wroten averaged 11.1 points in 145 career games. Patterson averaged 10.7 points per game with six teams. Miles, the No. 3 pick in the 2000 draft, averaged 10.1 points per game and played with four franchises.
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