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5 Former Celtics Among 18 Ex-NBA Players Charged In Health Care Fraud Scheme

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BOSTON – Five former Boston Celtics are among the 18 former NBA players that have been charged with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan out of about $4 million, according to an indictment Thursday in New York.

Tony Allen, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Milt Palacio, Sebastian Telfair, and Terrence Williams were the former Celtics indicted the case.

After playing for Boston during the 2006-2007 season, Telfair was a part of the trade that brought Kevin Garnett to the Celtics from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Palacio played for the Celtics from 2000 to 2002, while Williams played 24 games with Boston during the 2012-2013 season.

“The leader of this conspiracy was former NBA player Terrence Williams. And here’s how it worked. First, Williams obtained fraudulent medical and dental invoices. Second, he sent those invoices to his co-conspirators, other former NBA players. Third, the co-conspirators submitted the fraudulent claims to the plan,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.

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