Ringleader of NBA health care fraud gets 10 years prison

NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) – A former National Basketball Association player was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison after leading a “brazen” scheme involving at least 19 players to defraud a league health plan into paying millions of dollars for bogus medical procedures, federal prosecutors said.

Terrence Williams, 36, who played for the New Jersey Nets and three other teams from 2009 to 2013, had pleaded guilty last August to conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan federal court also sentenced him to pay $2.5 million in restitution to the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, and forfeit $653,673, in accordance with his plea agreement.

Williams, a father of six, was born and raised in Seattle, and lived there before his October 2021 arrest.

He has been jailed in Brooklyn since May 2022, after prosecutors said he threatened a witness through text messages.

Source: Ringleader of NBA health care fraud gets 10 years prison / Reuters

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