US regime charges 18 former NBA players with conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud

Source: NBC News

“Eighteen former NBA players were charged with attempting to defraud the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan out of nearly $4 million, officials said Thursday. … They each face counts of conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud. By midday Thursday, 16 of the 18 former players had been taken into custody, officials said. … ‘The defendants’ playbook involved fraud and deception,’ Audrey Strauss, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters. ‘They will have to answer for their flagrant violations of law.’ Strauss said [Terrence] Williams, 34, a Seattle native who spent four seasons in the NBA, was the ‘scheme’s linchpin,’ submitting false claims to the league’s health care plan. He was accused of supplying false invoices to support the fraudulent claims in exchange for kickback payments that totaled at least $230,000, authorities said.” (10/07/21)