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Two former MSU basketball players accused of defrauding the NBA

NEW YORK, NY – Two former Michigan State University basketball players were charged Thursday with defrauding the NBA.

Alan Anderson and Shannon Brown were among 19 people, including 18 former players, accused by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York City of submitting false medical and dental claims to the health and welfare benefits plan of the NBA, according to the court. documents.

The 18 former players and one player’s wife have submitted a total of nearly $ 4 million in fraudulent claims, according to court documents. This earned program participants $ 2.5 million, according to the indictment.

Anderson and Brown have both been charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and electronic fraud.

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Alan Anderson pictured in a 2003 game at East Lansing

Brown played for MSU from 2003 to 2006 before the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in 2006. He last played for the NBA in 2018 with the Miami Heat, completing a term that included stints with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakes, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.

Anderson played for MSU from 2001 to 2005 and in the 2005 Spartans Final Four. During his NBA career, Anderson played for the Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.

Federal prosecutors say the players, led by Terrence Williams, submitted bogus bills to the health and wellness benefits plan for services never rendered, including doctor’s visits, dental treatment and chiropractic sessions. Williams’ bribes totaled at least $ 230,000, according to court documents.

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