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Former Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen avoids prison in health care fraud case | Report

Former Grizzlies guard Tony Allen on Tuesday was sentenced to community service and supervision for his role in a $4 million health benefits scam, according to Pete Brush of Law360.

Allen, who pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, had faced jail time in connection with the case. He was one of 18 former players who were charged in October 2021.

Allen gave a tearful apology during the sentencing hearing, Brush reported.

“I fully acknowledge my individual responsibility and I understand the gravity of my actions,” he said. "As a member of the NBA community, I failed to uphold our core values.”

Court records showed that Allen received $265,000 for chiropractic services and $155,075 for dental services. According to Brush, Allen paid back most of the money he illegally took.

Allen played for the Grizzlies from 2010 to 2017 and was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team three times. He won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

He was one of several ex-NBA players who pleaded guilty and did not receive jail time. That group included former Grizzlies guard Tony Wroten.

The Grizzlies had been scheduled to retire Allen's jersey in January 2022, but the ceremony was postponed. In seven seasons with Memphis, Allen helped orchestrate the "Grit and Grind era" as one of the NBA's best defenders. He also has made himself available and offered advice to current Grizzlies players like Ja Morant.
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Glen Davis, Will Bynum Convicted of Defrauding NBA Welfare Plan, Netting over $5M

Former NBA players Glen Davis and Will Bynum were convicted Wednesday for their roles in a scheme to defraud the NBA Players' Health and Benefit Welfare plan.

Tom Winter of NBC News noted a jury convicted them for engaging in the criminal scheme.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams released a statement:

"Moments ago, a Manhattan jury convicted former NBA players Ronald Glen Davis and William Bynum of a criminal scheme to defraud the NBA Players' Health and Benefit Welfare Plan. While many of the more than 20 defendants convicted in this case were well-known NBA stars, their conduct was otherwise a typical fraudulent scheme designed to defraud the NBA's health care plan and net the defendants over $5 million in illicit profits. Today's conviction exemplifies that despite notoriety or success in sports or any other field, no one is exempt from criminal charges if they engage in fraud."

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In February, Callie Lawson-Freeman of Yahoo Sports reported former NBA players Alan Anderson and Keyon Dooling were sentenced to prison for 24 months and 30 months, respectively, for their roles in the scheme.

Lawson-Freeman noted they were among 18 former players charged in October 2021 for allegedly participating in a scheme that went from approximately 2017 to 2020 and involved players submitting reimbursement claims for medical services that didn't happen and were fake.

The report also highlighted allegations that former NBA player Terrence Williams orchestrated the scheme and recruited others.

In August, Larry Neumeister of the Associated Press reported Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution and forfeit more than $650,000.

As for Davis, he played eight seasons in the NBA from 2007-08 through 2014-15 for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers. He was part of the Celtics team that won a championship in his rookie campaign.

Bynum entered the NBA in 2005-06 and played for the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. He last appeared in a game during the 2014-15 season.
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