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Ex-NBA player Terrence Williams pleads guilty in fraud case

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NEW YORK — Former NBA player Terrence Williams has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and identity theft in connection to a multimillion-dollar scam against the basketball league’s health plan, authorities said.

Williams, 35, entered his plea in federal court in Manhattan on Friday. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in January, and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and a compulsory minimum of two years in prison for the identity theft.

An email looking for comment was sent to his attorney.

Williams was accused of being the leader of the scheme, which consisted of fraudulent claims and paperwork being submitted to the league’s plan for medical and dental reimbursements.

He and 17 other former players were charged in an indictment in October 2021, and authorities said not less than $5 million in false claims were submitted to the plan between 2017 and 2021.

Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Recent York, said Terrence Williams ran the scheme and recruited others to be a part of it, giving them fake paperwork to submit.

Authorities said Williams received not less than $300,000 in kickbacks from the others for his efforts.

In situations where others involved balked, authorities said Williams pretended to be other people and threatened them to be able to gain compliance.

The previous player had been on pretrial release but was remanded into custody earlier this 12 months, with authorities telling a judge he had threatened a witness.

As an element of the plea agreement, Williams can pay $2.5 million in restitution to the plan and forfeit over $650,000 to the federal government.

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