The Articles’ tackles the case of Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Will Bynum who were both convicted for their involvement in a fraudulent scheme targeting the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare Plan. They were found guilty of falsely claiming reimbursement for medical treatments that were never received. These offenses included health care fraud and wire fraud, among others. The scheme involved 20 defendants, mainly retired NBA players, and generated $5 million in gains from their illicit activities.
US Attorney Damian Williams stated that the defendants were involved in a typical fraudulent scheme designed to defraud the NBA’s health care plan. He emphasized that this conviction exemplifies that no one is exempt from criminal charges if they engage in fraud, regardless of their notoriety or success in sports.
The fraudulent scheme operated from 2017 to 2020, during which players submitted reimbursement claims for medical services that never occurred and were fabricated. These claims involved several well-known NBA players, including Davis, Bynum, Tony Allen, Milt Palacio, Darius Miles, Terrence Williams, Sebastian Telfair, and Christopher Douglas-Roberts.
The legal process proceeds to the sentencing phase after a conviction, where the court determines the appropriate punishment for the convicted individuals. The sentencing typically occurs in a separate hearing scheduled after the conviction, allowing both the prosecution and defense to present arguments regarding the appropriate penalties.
In addition to Davis and Bynum, other NBA players involved in the scheme have received various penalties. Former NBA players such as Alan Anderson, Keyon Dooling, Terrence Williams, and Tony Allen have been sentenced to prison, community service, and payment of restitution for their roles in the fraudulent scheme.
It’s clear that the legal system takes a firm stance against fraudulent activities, especially among well-known individuals, and imposes appropriate penalties for these offenses.