U.S. charges 18 former NBA players with defrauding league’s health plan

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By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eighteen former National Basketball Association players were charged on Thursday with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan out of $3.9 million by seeking reimbursement for medical and dental work that was never performed. According to an indictment filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, players received $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, with 10 paying the alleged ringleader, Terrence Williams, at least $230,000 in kickbacks. Prosecutors said Williams offered false invoices in exchange for the kickbacks and helped obtain b…

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