Former NBA Player Terrence Williams Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud and Identity Theft

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Western Kentucky
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA and International Basketball player Terrence Williams pled guilty Friday to committing health care fraud and identity theft connected to the NBA healthcare plan. Williams was the alleged leader of an eighteen-player group that reportedly sent paperwork to the league to get reimbursements for fraudulent dental and medical expenses.

After pleading guilty on Friday he could face prison time. Williams will also pay $2.5 million dollars in restitution and pay the federal government $650,000.

Williams and eighteen former players were indicted in October of 2021 for allegedly filing $5 million dollars of false claims from 2017 to 2021. Williams, the alleged leader, gave fake paperwork to people to submit by using multiple identities. The players were accused of creating fake invoices, including for chiropractic treatments and Williams was accused of impersonating a claims processor. He received up to $300,000 as a result of the alleged fraud.

The eighteen players include Anthony Allen, former Lakers Guard Shannon Brown, Jamario Moon, Glen Davis, who played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Clippers, Milt Palacio, Antoine Wright, Sebastian Telfair, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Clippers, Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves and Darius Miles, drafted by the Clippers in the 2000 Draft.

Williams was the 11th overall pick in 2009 by the New Jersey Nets after spending four seasons at Louisville. He was a third-team all-American in his senior year in college. He played four years in the NBA with four different teams. Then from 2014-2016, he played overseas in places like the Philippines, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela.

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