Reports indicate that Terrence Williams, a former NBA player and standout at the University of Louisville, has been sentenced to a decade in prison for his involvement in a $5 million healthcare fraud scheme targeting the National Basketball Association’s health care plan.
Williams, who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the scheme in August 2022, allegedly convinced 18 former players to defraud the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.
Via NY Post:
From 2017 through 2021, Williams and the co-defendants — who also include doctors and a dentist — allegedly submitted bogus invoices, replete with typos and inconsistencies, to the health care plan for reimbursement of medical and dental expenses for care that never occurred, prosecutors said.
William, of Seattle, Washington, recruited other hoopsters and retired players into making fraudulent medical claims by offering to give them fake invoices — which he’d gotten from the crooked health care providers, prosecutors said.
In exchange for coordinating the scam, Williams received $346,000 in kickbacks, the feds said.
Williams impersonated employees from the insurance company to email co-defendants and scare them into keeping up the scheme and sending him more kickbacks, the feds alleged.
The US attorney described Williams as the mastermind behind a widespread operation aimed at embezzling millions of dollars from the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.
Furthermore, he recruited medical professionals and others to expand his criminal activities and maximize his illicit gains.
In addition to committing fraud and deceit, Williams was also involved in identity theft and made threats to a witness to further his criminal endeavors.
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