CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Former University of Cincinnati Bearcats basketball player Ruben Patterson is among 18 former NBA players accused of defrauding the health and wellness benefit plan of the league on about $ 4 million, according to the Associated Press.
Patterson, who earned an average of 14.8 ppg from 1996 to 1998 with UC, was part of the “Widespread Program” that used bogus and fraudulent claims to get medical reimbursements for procedures that never happened, the AP in search of a federal indictment.
A total of 19 people were charged on Thursday, 18 of whom were former NBA players.
From 2017 to 2020, the accused allegedly received around $ 2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, according to the indictment.
Patterson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was drafted in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
He has spent most of his professional career playing for the Portland Trailblazers.
Patterson averaged 10.7 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game over his 10-year career in the NBA.
The other 17 former NBA players indicted, according to the indictment, include:
- Anthony Allen
- Sebastien telfair
- Ronald Glen “Big Baby” Davis
- Anthony “Tony” Allen
- Shannon Brown
- Melvin Ely
- Anthony writes
- Darius Miles
- Jamario Moon
- Antoine wright
- Eddie robinson
- Gregory Smith
- Terrence williams
- Alain anderson
- Guillaume Bynum
- Christopher Douglas-Roberts
- Milt Palacio
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