18 former NBA players are accused of healthcare fraud, and some can no longer possess guns or travel

18 former NBA players are accused of healthcare fraud, and some can no longer possess guns or travel

  • 18 former NBA players are accused of defrauding the NBA healthcare plan for charges totaling up to $4 million.
  • As a condition of their release on bail or bond, five of the players can’t have firearms.
  • Others are restricted in their travel and one cannot consume alcohol.

On Thursday, a grand jury brought charges against 18 former NBA players, accusing them of defrauding the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.

The indictment alleges that the players submitted nearly $4 million in fraudulent claims between 2017 and 2020 for dental and medical treatments that were never rendered. In exchange, the players may have received up to $2.5 million.

A report from The Associated Press on Thursday said 15 of the players had been arrested.

According to court documents, at least six of those players have been released on bail or bond. That group includes Terrence Williams, who the indictment says was the ringleader of the scheme, as well as Sebastian Telfair, Darius Miles, Ruben Patterson, Jamario Moon, and Milton Palacio.

Some of the former players have specific conditions attached to their releases. For instance, Williams, Telfair, Miles, Patterson, and Moon are not allowed to possess firearms. Of that group, all but Moon have been arrested before.

In 2013, Williams was arrested on charges of brandishing a firearm and making threats during a child visitation.

Miles, meanwhile, faced charges of unlawful use of a weapon in 2011 after attempting to bring a gun on an airplane.

Telfair pleaded guilty to illegal handgun possession in 2008 and was sentenced to three months of probation. He was also convicted of criminal possession of a weapon after being arrested in 2017 with four guns.

Patterson was sentenced to 15 days in jail in 2015 after entering a plea to a charge of attempted rape.

Moon does not appear to have any criminal history.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss points to graphic detailing how Terrence Williams led a scheme to defraud the the NBA Players' Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.

Terrence Williams is the alleged ringleader of the scheme.

Mary Altaffer/AP Images

Meanwhile, several of the former players are restricted from traveling. Williams is not allowed to travel outside the southern district of New York or the western district of Washington. Moon is confined to the southern and eastern districts of New York and the northern district of Alabama. Miles isn’t allowed to travel outside the US.

Williams is forbidden from drinking alcohol, while Patterson is not to drink alcohol excessively.


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