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18 ex-NBA players, including former Lakers, Clippers, charged in $4M health care fraud scheme

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18 ex-NBA players, including former Lakers, Clippers, charged in $4M health care fraud scheme

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Oct 08
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Eighteen former NBA players were charged with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan based on an indictment report in New York, according to The Associated Press. Sixteen are already in custody.

Shannon Brown and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, who once played for the Boston Celtics, are among the indicted in the fraud scheme worth around $4 million on Thursday.

About half of the players named in the indictment have ties to Southern California, including the following:

  • Alan Anderson, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Shannon Brown, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Ruben Patterson, Lakers
  • Glen Davis, Clippers
  • Christopher Douglas-Roberts, Clippers
  • Melvin Ely, Clippers
  • Jamario Moon, Clippers
  • Darius Miles, Clippers
  • Milton Palacio, from Gardena
  • Sebastian Telfair, Clippers

“The defendants’ playbook involved fraud and deception,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. According to him, the FBI has been conducting an investigation since 2017, and each defendant made false claims for reimbursements that ranged from $65,000 to $420,000.

In a statement, the NBA called the allegations “particularly disheartening” and said it “will cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney Office in this matter.”

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