A total of 18 former NBA players have been caught and charged with fraud in what was a health care scheme worth millions of dollars. The players reportedly frauded the NBA’s league health care and welfare benefit plan for about 4-million dollars. According to an indictment sent out the players were engaged in a widespread scheme to defraud the plan by submitting false and fraudulent claims to get reimbursed for medical and dental expenses that never actually occurred.
Among the notables of those charged were six-time All-Defensive team player Anthony Allen who also was a member of the 2008 Boston Celtics championship team, also charged is fellow member of the ‘08 Celtics team Ronald Glen Davis. The scheme branched out to different teams and championships as Shannon Brown, a two-time champion with the Lakers was charged along with Melvin Ely who won a title with the Spurs back in 2007. By late this morning 16 of the defendants were put into police custody, authorities said in a press conference.