18 former NBA players arrested by federal authorities in alleged health care scam

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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.

The defendants include Terrence Williams, Alan Anderson, Anthony Allen, Shannon Brown, William Bynum, Ronald Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Christopher Douglas-Roberts, Melvin Ely, Jamario Moon, Darius Miles, Milton Palacio, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Gregory Smith, Sebastian Telfair, Charles Watson Jr., Antoine Wright and Anthony Wroten.

Allen’s wife, Desiree Allen, was also named as a defendant.

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.

Former NBA basketball player Sebastian Telfair, right, departs Manhattan Federal Court on Oct. 7, 2021, in New York.Eduardo Munoz Avarez / AP

“The defendants’ playbook involved fraud and deception,” Audrey Strauss, the U.S. attorney for the…

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