The NBA offseason has been loaded with news – but most of it has been for things outside of basketball. The latest to make headlines was the bombshell report that 18 former NBA players were accused of defrauding the NBA's health insurance program. At the center of it all was former Boston Celtics player and New Jersey Nets draft pick Terrence Williams.
According to the report from NBC New York, the modus operandi involved creating fake invoices for retired NBA stars in order to have them reimbursed at the expense of the NBA Players' Health and Welfare Benefit Plan. This had allegedly gone on from 2017 to 2020 and amounted to $2.5 million in reimbursed charges.
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— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 7, 2021
The documents Williams was peddling drew attention due to the shaky formatting and certain grammatical errors, with a few of them being sent on the same date but from completely different offices.
Via NBC New York:
“Williams allegedly orchestrated the years-long scheme and recruited other NBA health plan participants to assist by offering them fake invoices to support their claims. He allegedly received at least $230,000 in kickback payments from 10 other players in return for providing the alleged false documentation.”
Terrence Williams' NBA career was far less notable. He played in just four seasons for four different NBA franchises namely the Celtics, Kings, Rockets, and Nets.