New York (AP) —18 former NBA players have been charged with stealing the league’s health and welfare benefit program from about $ 4 million, according to a charge in New York on Thursday.
Federal prosecutors have planned a press conference explaining the case filed in federal court in Manhattan. By late morning, 16 defendants had been detained, officials said.
According to the indictment, the former player engaged in a wide range of plans to defraud the plan by filing false fraudulent claims to receive reimbursement of medical and dental costs that did not actually occur. ..
The 18 players were one of 19 individuals charged with the indictment. The plan was implemented at least from 2017 to 2020, and the plan received a total of about $ 3.9 million in false claims. Of that, the defendant received fraudulent income of approximately $ 2.5 million.
Requests for comment on the league were not immediately returned.
The indictment was made by Anthony Allen, a member of the 2008 champion Boston Celtics, a six-time All-Defensive Team Selection. His wife was also charged. However, in most cases, the indicted ex-player has played a Journeyman career in several different teams and has not reached close to the giant stardoms and salaries commanded by top players.