NBA fraud scheme
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The two ex-NBA players could face jail time after being involved in a plot to defraud the league’s healthcare plan

Will Bynum and Glen Davis were convicted by a Manhattan jury on Wednesday for their part in a scheme that stole approximately $5 million from the NBA Health Care Plan. The pair were part of a group that now involves 18 players who took part in the wide-ranging fraud plot.

Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis | SCREENSHOT: Hooper Nation/youtube

Davis, known affectionately as ‘Big Baby’ for his manchild-like physique, won an NBA Championship with the Celtics in 2008 and was known as a hardnosed player in the paint. Bynum made it to the league after going undrafted and spent parts of several seasons playing both in the NBA (most prominently with the Pistons) and overseas.

Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, released a statement regarding the players’ convictions:

“Moments ago, a Manhattan jury convicted former NBA players Ronald Glen Davis and William Bynum of a criminal scheme to defraud the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare Plan. While many of the more than 20 defendants convicted in this case were well-known NBA stars, their conduct was otherwise a typical fraudulent scheme designed to defraud the NBA’s health care plan and net the defendants over $5 million in illicit profits. Today’s conviction exemplifies that despite notoriety or success in sports or any other field, no one is exempt from criminal charges if they engage in fraud.”

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The players indicted were accused of submitting fake reimbursement claims to the league’s health and welfare benefit plan.

In August, former NBA first-round pick Terrence Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the scheme. A sentencing hearing for Davis and Bynum has not been set as of press time.

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