Eighteen former NBA players were charged with defrauding the league’s health and wellness benefits plan of about $ 4 million, according to an indictment Thursday in New York.
Former players include Jamario Moon, Glen Davis, Sebastian Telfair, Tony Allen, and Darius Miles.
Federal prosecutors had scheduled a press conference to detail the case presented before a federal court in Manhattan. It was not immediately clear whether all of the defendants were arrested.
According to the indictment, the former basketball players conspired to defraud the plan by submitting false and fraudulent claims in order to receive reimbursements for medical and dental care they never received.
The 18 players are among the 19 indicted individuals. It was noted that the scheme ran at least between 2017 and 2020 when the plan received false claims totaling nearly $ 3.9 million. Other than that, the defendants pocketed about $ 2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.
Associated Press contributed to this report.