Former NBA players are convicted of healthcare fraud

A federal jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted two former National Basketball Association players over their roles

in a scheme to defraud a league healthcare plan into paying millions of dollars for bogus medical procedures.

Glen Davis, 37, who played for three NBA teams and won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics,

was convicted on four counts including wire fraud, health care fraud, conspiring to commit fraud, and conspiring to make false statements.

Will Bynum, 40, who played for three teams including the Detroit Pistons, was found guilty of conspiring to make false statements,

but acquitted on a fraud conspiracy charge.

A Manhattan jury convicted former NBA players Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Will Bynum on conspiracy charges related

to a scheme to defraud the NBA’s healthcare plan out of millions of dollars.

Prosecutors said they made false claims for medical and dental procedures that they never received.

Davis was accused by prosecutors of making claims for dental and medical procedures that never took place.

Examples of the alleged fraudulent medical procedures included:

  • Davis and another player received crowns on the same six teeth on the same day
  • Davis received crowns on eight teeth in Beverly Hills though he was in Nevada

Examples of the alleged fraudulent medical procedures included Davis and another player receiving crowns on the same six teeth on the same day, and Davis receiving crowns on eight teeth in Beverly Hills though he was in Nevada.

Bynum, meanwhile, was accused of receiving about $182,000 on a fraudulent claim related to a chiropractic office in Encino, California, and paying Williams a $30,000 kickback.

Williams, who played with the New Jersey Nets and three other teams, pleaded guilty over his role last year. He was sentenced in August to 10 years in prison.Read More

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