Glen Davis, Sebastian Telfair, and Tony Allen, according to federal authorities, were among the
players in a scheme to file millions of dollars in bogus medical claims.
Federal officials said on Thursday that eighteen former NBA players had been charged on
accusations of conspiring to defraud the league’s health-care plan of roughly $4 million.
According to a federal indictment filed in Manhattan, the scam ran from at least 2017 through last
year and entailed the filing of bogus claims for reimbursement of medical and dental services that
were not really performed.
The 18 former players accused in the scam mostly played in the NBA in the late 1990s and early
2000s. Ronald Glen Davis, dubbed “Big Baby,” and Tony Allen, both of whom were members of
the Boston Celtics squad that won the NBA championship in 2008, are two of the most
According to the indictment, Terrence Williams, a former player for the New Jersey Nets and
Houston Rockets, organized the scam and recruited other former players by offering to furnish
them with forged invoices to back their bogus claims. Mr. Williams is also accused of receiving
$230,000 in kickbacks as part of the conspiracy, according to the indictment.
The accusations were revealed during a news conference in New York on Thursday by Audrey
Strauss, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll,
the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office.
Mr. Telfair pled guilty to unlawful firearm possession in 2008 and received a three-year
probationary term. He was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in 2019 for gun possession, coming from
an arrest two years prior, when he was discovered with four loaded weapons and a protective
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