Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is one of 19 former NBA players who have been charged in New York federal court for their roles in an alleged multi-million-dollar health insurance fraud scheme.
According to an indictment unsealed in the Southern District on Thursday, the former NBA players allegedly engaged in a scheme from at least 2017 up to around 2020 to defraud the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan by submitting fake reimbursement claims for medical and dental services that were never actually rendered. Those allegedly fraudulent claims are believed to have totaled about $3.9 million.
Williams, who starred at Louisville from 2005-09, is described by NBC New York as “the alleged ringleader” of the scheme.
Williams allegedly orchestrated the years-long scheme and recruited other NBA health plan participants to assist by offering them fake invoices to support their allegedly false health plan claims. He allegedly received at least $230,000 in kickback payments from 10 other players in return for providing the alleged false documentation.
The 34-year-old Williams also allegedly helped three co-defendants — Davis, Charles Watson Jr. and Antoine Wright — obtain fake letters of medical necessity to justify some of the services on which the false invoices were based.
Williams also allegedly impersonated an individual who processed plan claims at one point in furtherance of his alleged scheme.
Among the false reimbursement claims described in the indictment is a $19,000 claim that Williams filed for chiropractic services he allegedly never had and for which he received $7,672.55 in reimbursement. Williams also allegedly obtained a template for a fake invoice designed to appear as if it had been issued by the office.
Between this and Sebastian Telfair being one of the other 18 players who were charged, I’m just going to assume the NCAA has already pulled U of L’s NOA back out to be amended for a second time in less than a week.
TACK IT ALL ON THERE.
In all seriousness, this is clearly an awful look for T-Will, who hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory since leaving Louisville. I think it’s safe to say that no feel good Cardinal friendship has ever aged less gracefully than the one between Williams and Andre McGee.