18 former NBA players were arrested today and charged with committing fraud against the league for almost $4 Million.

The news broke today detailing the scam, and the players that were involved. Federal charges are being brought down on 18 former NBA players, including three with Michigan ties. Former Michigan State stars Alan Anderson, and Shannon Brown were named along with former Piston, Will Bynum. They allegedly took part in the scam that was created by Terrance Williams. Authorities listed Williams as the ringleader of the scam.

So what exactly did they do?

According to ESPN, the plan was centered around the NBA's Health and Welfare benefit plan. The short version is that the players would claim to have some kind of medical service done, and pocket the money provided by the league.

Investigators revealed that each of the players listed would then take some of the money and give it to Williams as a kickback. In total the group allegedly defrauded the league for nearly $4 Million!

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Who were the players involved?

The list is mostly made up of role players, but most NBA fans will recognize everyone named.

  • Will Bynum
  • Alan Anderson
  • Shannon Brown
  • Terrance Williams
  • Glen "Big Baby" Davis
  • Tony Allen
  • Darius Miles
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts
  • Jamario Moon
  • Melvin Ely
  • Eddie Robinson
  • Sebastian Telfair
  • Antoine Wright
  • Anthony Wroten
  • Ruben Patterson
  • Eddie Robinson
  • Greg Smith
  • Charles Watson

Tony Allen's wife was also charged today.

According to a report from NBC 16 of the 18 players charged have already been arrested, and are in police custody. The fraud was discovered when the players started to get sloppy and file claims for doctor visits while they were not even in the country.

Imagine playing in the NBA, and making a really good amount of money while doing it. I know not everyone is planning for the future, but I would think that someone in your camp would tell you to set some money aside for after your NBA days were over.

This is already an ugly case, but I think it is only going to get uglier as more details come out.

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