BOSTON, MA – Two former NBA players, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Will Bynum, are potentially facing incarceration for their involvement in a fraudulent scheme that swindled over $5 million from the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, an insurance program for NBA players and their families.
Davis was convicted of various charges, including health care fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud. Bynum was also implicated in the case. The scheme, orchestrated by NBA veteran Terrence Williams, involved 18 players, including Keyon Dooling and Alan Anderson, who were sentenced to prison for 30 and 24 months respectively for their role in the fraud.
The scam involved the submission of false invoices by medical officials, orchestrated by the players. Davis, a member of the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics team, also played for the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers. Bynum, aged 40, has played for the Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Washington Wizards.
The fraud operation was not limited to former NBA players. More than 20 people, including a dentist, a doctor, and a chiropractor, were convicted in connection with the case. According to U.S. Attorney Damian Williams, the scheme was designed to defraud the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan of millions of dollars.
Despite their fame and success in the sports world, these individuals are not immune to criminal charges if they engage in fraudulent activities, as this case clearly demonstrates.