18 former NBA players teamed up to scam $4 million in insurance

   Recently, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) accused 18 former NBA players of “frauding insurance” and maliciously squeezing wool from the health benefits provided by the league to their players, involving nearly 4 million U.S. dollars. Among these players are Tony Allen, “Big Baby” Davis and other championship team stars. The total NBA career salary of 18 people exceeds 343 million U.S. dollars. In the end, they fell for 4 million U.S. dollars. Currently, 15 of them have been arrested by the FBI. If convicted of medical fraud and wire fraud, they may face up to 20 years in prison.
   What makes people laugh or cry is that the methods of these players “defrauding insurance” and “defrauding reimbursement” are full of loopholes. For example, several people saw the same teeth in the same clinic during the same period of time. Some players played games in Asia, but the reimbursement records showed that he spent $48,000 on root canal treatment in California. These multi-millionaires are really not wronged.
   Former Nets player Terence Williams played the instigator in this incident. He was the 11th draft pick in 2009 and only played 4 seasons in the NBA. According to the new policy introduced by the NBA in 2016, as long as players have been in the NBA for 3 years, they are eligible to apply for medical allowances for themselves and their spouses, which is called the “NBA Player Health Benefit Plan.” Williams, depressed on the court, took aim at this benefit. In November 2017, he falsified invoices and submitted an application for reimbursement of $19,000 for treatment expenses to the alliance on the grounds of massage of the spine, and finally received $7,672 smoothly. Williams tasted the sweetness, but also found “business opportunities.” There are countless retired players in the league, so it’s better to be a middleman by yourself and teach you how to take advantage of this loophole and get a lot of kickbacks. So Williams, with the help of professionals, produced more fake invoices and medical certificates, and began to arrange the sale with other players, and 10 players soon joined him. From these 10 people, Williams got at least $230,000 in rebates.
   As this “fraud protection” team grows stronger and more vulnerable, it is only a matter of time before it is caught. According to prosecutors, these forged invoices and medical certificates are actually very crude and shoddy and full of loopholes. “It didn’t look up, and the format was strange, and it was issued by different medical institutions on the same day. Some doctors had grammatical errors in their letters, and even spelled the patient’s name.” Not only is the level of fraud not very good, these The players did not have any tacit understanding or collusion with each other in advance, medical records crashed frequently, and the “illness” was also very exaggerated. Such absurd behavior lasted for 3 years. Among the 18 people, the largest number of people cheated more than $200,000 from the NBA, and the least amounted to $40,000. The total amount adds up to nearly 4 million U.S. dollars.