18 Ex-Players, Including Shannon Brown, Arrested for Health Care Fraud

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 7:32 am    Post subject: 18 Ex-Players, Including Shannon Brown, Arrested for Health Care Fraud

https://thespun.com/nba/nba-healthcare-fraud-scheme-glen-davis-sebastian-telfair-tony-allen-wife-18-players

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18 former NBA players have been arrested and charged by federal officials with defrauding the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, according to NBC News’ Tom Winter and Jonathan Dienst. Among the most significant names involved: Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Sebastian Telfair, and former Memphis Grizzlies defensive star Tony Allen.

Milt Palacio, Antoine Wright, Darius Miles, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Gregory Smith, Jamario Moon, Terrance Williams, Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown, William Bynum, Melvin Ely, Christopher Douglas-Roberts, C.J. Watson, and Tony Wroten are also involved in the alleged scheme. Desiree Allen, Tony Allen’s wife, has also been charged.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 7:57 am    Post subject:

you would think they'd cut ship and cover their tracks after the similar NFL bust but I guess not.
And they schemed for an average payout of only 133K per player? thats pennies compared to their career earnings.

I think the NBA should save these players from themselves by increasing the pension plan while making players pay in a certain % of their salary to cover it
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:14 am    Post subject:

Most of these dudes were journeyman players. Seems like life without the NBA meant they needed to find some other way to make easy money.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 12:11 pm    Post subject:

audioaxes wrote:
you would think they'd cut ship and cover their tracks after the similar NFL bust but I guess not.
And they schemed for an average payout of only 133K per player? thats pennies compared to their career earnings.

I think the NBA should save these players from themselves by increasing the pension plan while making players pay in a certain % of their salary to cover it


I don't know when the next CBA is, but this needs to be added IMMEDIATELY.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:09 pm    Post subject:

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Most of these dudes were journeyman players. Seems like life without the NBA meant they needed to find some other way to make easy money.


Miles made 62MM in his career and blew all of it. Incredible
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:00 pm    Post subject:

Unfortunately its not surprising he blew it all most people who get into that type of $$$ they've never seen don't think long term about saving it or that the gravy train will end at some point.

I should be outraged but health insurance companies have defrauded most of the public for way worse so *shrugs*
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:07 pm    Post subject:

audioaxes wrote:
you would think they'd cut ship and cover their tracks after the similar NFL bust but I guess not.
And they schemed for an average payout of only 133K per player? thats pennies compared to their career earnings.

I think the NBA should save these players from themselves by increasing the pension plan while making players pay in a certain % of their salary to cover it


It's well documented that a lot of professional athletes blow through their money.

The NBA has financial counseling and other programs for players, but ultimately there's just so much they can do. If a player chooses a bad financial advisor or pours his money into a flashy investment that goes bust, there's not much the league can do.

The pension plan is a partnership between the NBA and player's union. So the NBA can only save the players from themselves if the players go along with being saved.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:10 pm    Post subject:

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audioaxes wrote:
you would think they'd cut ship and cover their tracks after the similar NFL bust but I guess not.
And they schemed for an average payout of only 133K per player? thats pennies compared to their career earnings.

I think the NBA should save these players from themselves by increasing the pension plan while making players pay in a certain % of their salary to cover it


It's well documented that a lot of professional athletes blow through their money.

The NBA has financial counseling and other programs for players, but ultimately there's just so much they can do. If a player chooses a bad financial advisor or pours his money into a flashy investment that goes bust, there's not much the league can do.

The pension plan is a partnership between the NBA and player's union. So the NBA can only save the players from themselves if the players go along with being saved.

yes ofcourse the players union would have to be in agreement for something like that to happen but I dont see why they would resist as it definitely helps the players as whole
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:31 am    Post subject:

If I recall correctly, it was reported that Allen Iverson blew all of his money, but that his agent had arranged for a shoe company to put a bunch of his endorsement money into a trust fund that he couldn't touch until he turns 55. There is some other income stream that keeps him afloat until then. That's one helluva good agent.

These guys are stupid, but I can't honestly say that I would have been less stupid if I had been given millions of dollars at a young age. I get the sense that an increasing portion of NBA players are making long term plans, if for no other reason than that the money has gotten so huge that they can't find ways to piss it all down the drain. But there will always be train wrecks.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:27 pm    Post subject:

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If I recall correctly, it was reported that Allen Iverson blew all of his money, but that his agent had arranged for a shoe company to put a bunch of his endorsement money into a trust fund that he couldn't touch until he turns 55. There is some other income stream that keeps him afloat until then. That's one helluva good agent.

These guys are stupid, but I can't honestly say that I would have been less stupid if I had been given millions of dollars at a young age. I get the sense that an increasing portion of NBA players are making long term plans, if for no other reason than that the money has gotten so huge that they can't find ways to piss it all down the drain. But there will always be train wrecks.


That was an agent that clearly cared about his client and saw the train coming early on. My understanding is that it's nice sum of money, like $30+ million. So if he doesn't drink himself into an early grave, AI will be very comfortable in his latter years.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:29 pm    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
If I recall correctly, it was reported that Allen Iverson blew all of his money, but that his agent had arranged for a shoe company to put a bunch of his endorsement money into a trust fund that he couldn't touch until he turns 55. There is some other income stream that keeps him afloat until then. That's one helluva good agent.

These guys are stupid, but I can't honestly say that I would have been less stupid if I had been given millions of dollars at a young age. I get the sense that an increasing portion of NBA players are making long term plans, if for no other reason than that the money has gotten so huge that they can't find ways to piss it all down the drain. But there will always be train wrecks.



The most recent crop of young players seem to have an awareness that's light years ahead of these knuckleheads.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 3:46 pm    Post subject:

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/28/jazz-assistant-coach-keyon-dooling-arrested-in-healthcare-fraud-case/

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NEW YORK (AP) — A former vice president of the National Basketball Players Association was arrested Wednesday and added to a criminal case in which 18 former NBA players were charged with illegally pocketing millions of dollars by defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan.

The rewritten indictment added Keyon Dooling to the case first brought in October, when federal officials said a number of former NBA players combined to collect about $2.5 million from the benefit plan.

Dooling, who was a union officer for eight years and eventually became its first vice president, was among three individuals added to the indictment Wednesday. Dooling, now an assistant coach in the Utah Jazz organization, spent parts of 13 seasons in the NBA as a member of seven different teams.

In a statement, the Jazz said Dooling made the club aware of the indictment Wednesday morning.

“It is a case concerning his time at the National Basketball Players Association, prior to him joining our organization. He has been put on paid administrative leave,” the Jazz said. “Due to the ongoing legal process, we will refrain from further comment.”

The Jazz play Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Thursday.


Dooling was arrested Wednesday in Utah, officials said.

Also added to the indictment were a doctor and a dentist who officials said were medical providers who facilitated the scheme.

Dooling, officials said, “allegedly engaged in the scheme and recruited other co-conspirators to join the scheme.”

All were charged with health care fraud and wire conspiracy for a fraud that authorities say spanned from at least 2017 to 2020.

In October, a prosecutor said each defendant made false claims that ranged from $65,000 to $420,000.

The updated indictment Wednesday said Dooling pocketed about $350,000 of plan proceeds illegally. In all, it said about $5 million in false claims were submitted, though claimants did not receive as much in proceeds.

Dooling previously was the wellness counselor for the union, helping oversee its mental health and wellness department. He also wrote a book in 2014 discussing, among other things, how he struggled with stress after being sexually abused as a child.

“Health is everything,” Dooling said in an interview after the book came out. “It has to be your biggest priority, health of all kinds, mind and body.”
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 3:51 pm    Post subject:

jonnybravo wrote:
Aeneas Hunter wrote:
If I recall correctly, it was reported that Allen Iverson blew all of his money, but that his agent had arranged for a shoe company to put a bunch of his endorsement money into a trust fund that he couldn't touch until he turns 55. There is some other income stream that keeps him afloat until then. That's one helluva good agent.

These guys are stupid, but I can't honestly say that I would have been less stupid if I had been given millions of dollars at a young age. I get the sense that an increasing portion of NBA players are making long term plans, if for no other reason than that the money has gotten so huge that they can't find ways to piss it all down the drain. But there will always be train wrecks.



The most recent crop of young players seem to have an awareness that's light years ahead of these knuckleheads.


Antoine Walker walked so these dudes could run.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2022 1:17 am    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
If I recall correctly, it was reported that Allen Iverson blew all of his money, but that his agent had arranged for a shoe company to put a bunch of his endorsement money into a trust fund that he couldn't touch until he turns 55. There is some other income stream that keeps him afloat until then. That's one helluva good agent.

These guys are stupid, but I can't honestly say that I would have been less stupid if I had been given millions of dollars at a young age. I get the sense that an increasing portion of NBA players are making long term plans, if for no other reason than that the money has gotten so huge that they can't find ways to piss it all down the drain. But there will always be train wrecks.


Most of them don't even understand that their income as a player will eventually stop but their expenses will continue. If they had some stable support systems (parents, family etc.) instead of parasites maybe things would turn out differently.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2022 4:08 pm    Post subject:

As I commented in the other thread about this

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 9:02 am    Post subject:

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/28/former-nba-player-terrence-williams-pleads-guilty-in-health-plan-fraud-case/

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Former NBA player Terrence Williams pleads guilty in health plan fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA player Terrence Williams has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and identity theft in connection to a multimillion-dollar scam against the basketball league’s health plan, authorities said.

Williams, 35, entered his plea in federal court in Manhattan on Friday. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January, and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and a mandatory minimum of two years in prison for the identity theft.

An email seeking comment was sent to his attorney.

Williams was accused of being the leader of the scheme, which consisted of fraudulent claims and paperwork being submitted to the league’s plan for medical and dental reimbursements.

He and 17 other former players were charged in an indictment in October 2021, and authorities said at least $5 million in false claims were submitted to the plan between 2017 and 2021.

Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Terrence Williams ran the scheme and recruited others to be part of it, giving them fake paperwork to submit.


In situations where others involved balked, authorities said Williams pretended to be other people and threatened them in order to gain compliance.

The former player had been on pretrial release but was remanded into custody earlier this year, with authorities telling a judge he had threatened a witness.

As a part of the plea agreement, Williams will pay $2.5 million in restitution to the plan and forfeit over $650,000 to the federal government.
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