Charged leader in NBA healthcare fraud pleads guilty

Terrence Williams (R) of the New Jersey Nets goes to the basket against Brad Miller of the Houston Rockets during the NBA China Games Series at the Guangzhou International Sports Arena in Guangzhou, Guangdong province October 16, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Tan/

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NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The leader accused of a scheme involving at least 19 former National Basketball Association players to defraud a league health plan by paying millions of dollars for bogus medical procedures has pleaded guilty on Friday to his involvement.

Terrence Williams, who played for the New Jersey Nets and three other teams from 2009 to 2013, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and impersonation before U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan.

The 35-year-old Seattle resident also agreed to pay $2.5 million in compensation to the NBA plan and waive $653,673 in the United States.

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Williams’ attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Prosecutors said Williams recruited players to submit false invoices for medical and dental work that was never performed, in exchange for at least $300,000 in kickbacks.

Examples included invoices allegedly showing former Boston Celtics players Tony Allen and Glen Davis receiving crowns on the same six teeth on the same day, and Davis receiving crowns on eight teeth in Beverly Hills while in Nevada.

Williams was also accused of impersonating others, including a health plan official who questioned a refund in order to ‘scare’ a player who failed to pay a bribe. wine. Read more

Prosecutors said at least $5 million in false claims were submitted, with defendants receiving $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.

At least 24 people, including a dentist, doctor and chiropractor, have been charged, six of whom have pleaded guilty. Allen and Davis have pleaded not guilty.

Williams could face 10 to 12 years in prison, including a mandatory two years for identity theft, under recommended federal guidelines upon his scheduled sentencing on Jan. 25, 2023.

He was jailed in May, after prosecutors said he threatened a witness via text message.

The defendants who have pleaded guilty also include former players Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jamario Moon, Eddie Robinson and Anthony Wroten, as well as Patrick Khaziran, a Los Angeles chiropractor known as “Dr. Pat”.

Douglas-Roberts was the player Williams allegedly tried to ‘scare’.

(This story refiles to correct the ninth paragraph to reflect that six people, not five, pleaded guilty in the case)

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Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler

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