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US Attorney Announces Charges Against Doctor, Dentist and Former NBA Player for Defrauding NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefits Plan | USAO-SDNY

Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (“FBI”) New York Field Office, today announced the Unsealing of an indictment replacing TERRENCE WILLIAMS, AAMIR WAHAB, WILLIAM WASHINGTON, ALAN ANDERSON, KEYON DOOLING, ANTHONY ALLEN, DESIREE ALLEN, SHANNON BROWN, WILLIAM BYNUM, RONALD GLEN DAVIS, CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, aka “Supreme Bey JAMARIO MOON, DARIUS MILES, MILTON PALACIO, RUBEN PATTERSON, EDDIE ROBINSON, SEBASTIAN TELFAIR, CHARLES WATSON JR. and ANTHONY WROTEN with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to defraud the National Basketball Association (“NBA’s”) Health and Welfare Benefit Plan out of at least approximately $5 million. TERRENCE WILLIAMS and ALAN ANDERSON are also charged with aggravated impersonation under the same scheme. TERRENCE WILLIAMS, ALAN ANDERSON, ANTHONY ALLEN, DESIREE ALLEN, SHANNON BROWN, WILLIAM BYNUM, RONALD GLEN DAVIS, CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, aka “Supreme Bey,” JAMARIO MOON, DARIUS MILES, MILTON PALACIO, RUBEN PATTERSON, EDDIE ROBINSON, SEBASTIAN TELFAIR, CHARLES WATSON JR., and ANTHONY WROTEN were charged in an earlier indictment and arrested or charged October 2021. AAMIR WAHAB and WILLIAM WASHINGTON, both medical providers who allegedly facilitated the scheme, and KEYON DOOLING, a former NBA player who allegedly engaged in the scheme and aur recruited other co-conspirators to join the scheme, were added as defendants to the charge of healthcare fraud and wire fraud conspiracy. WAHAB, WASHINGTON and DOOLING were arrested today. WASHINGTON will be featured in the Western District of Washington. WAHAB will be presented in the Central District of California. DOOLING will be presented in the District of Utah. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni.

US Attorney Damian Williams said: ‘Today’s unveiling of additional charges in this case demonstrates that my office will investigate and, if appropriate, charge those involved in the fraud schemes, including medical providers. who abuse their position to defraud others. I thank our law enforcement partners within the FBI for their hard work in uncovering more details of the defendants’ alleged scheme to attempt to defraud the NBA health and welfare benefits plan on at least about $5,000,000.

FBI Deputy Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll said, “Today we charge additional defendants in this health care fraud scheme who attempted to defraud the health benefits plan and National Basketball Association welfare of at least approximately $5,000,000. Healthcare fraud causes serious problems for both industry and consumers, and results in losses of tens of billions of dollars per year due to fraud. Thank you to the work of our dedicated FBI agents and partners who continue to work tirelessly on this case.

As alleged in the Superseding Indictment unsealed today[1]:

The National Basketball Association Player Health and Welfare Plan (the “Plan”) is a health care plan providing benefits to eligible active and former NBA players. Since at least 2017 or around 2017, up to and including at least around 2021, TERRENCE WILLIAMS, AAMIR WAHAB, WILLIAM WASHINGTON, ALAN ANDERSON, KEYON DOOLING, ANTHONY ALLEN, DESIREE ALLEN, SHANNON BROWN, WILLIAM BYNUM, RONALD GLEN DAVIS, CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, aka “Supreme Bey”, JAMARIO MOON, DARIUS MILES, MILTON PALACIO, RUBEN PATTERSON, EDDIE ROBINSON, SEBASTIAN TELFAIR, CHARLES WATSON JR. and ANTHONY WROTEN engaged in a widespread scheme to defraud the Plan by submitting and causing to be submitted fraudulent claims for reimbursement of medical and dental services that were not actually rendered. During the course of the scheme, the defendants submitted and caused to be submitted to the Regime false claims totaling at least approximately $5 million.

TERRENCE WILLIAMS orchestrated the scheme to defraud the Plan. WILLIAMS recruited other plan participants to defraud the plan by offering to provide them with false invoices to support their fraudulent claims. AAMIR WAHAB, a dentist in California, and WILLIAM WASHINGTON, a doctor in Washington State, provided WILLIAMS with fraudulent invoices which WILLIAMS sent to other accomplices. WILLIAMS, ALAN ANDERSON and KEYON DOOLING each recruited other Plan participants to defraud the Plan by offering to provide them with false invoices to support their false and fraudulent claims to the Plan in exchange for payments to WILLIAMS and DOOLING. DOOLING also obtained fraudulent invoices from WAHAB and others, which it used to submit its own fraudulent claims; based on these claims, DOOLING himself fraudulently obtained approximately $350,000 of the plan proceeds.

As described in the superseding indictment, WAHAB exchanged text messages with WILLIAMS and DOOLING about the scheme.

For example, in or around March 2019, WILLIAMS asked WAHAB to produce additional fraudulent invoices, but WAHAB was reluctant to do so because it had difficulty collecting bribes from the co-conspirators. WILLIAMS looked upset and messaged WAHAB, in essence and in part, “YOU HAVE MADE THOUSANDS OF F[—]ING DOLLARS TO PRINT AN INVOICE WITH A NAME AT THE TOP as you f[—]I laugh at myself[?] We won’t act like you’re doing dental work. WILLIAMS also sent WAHAB messages containing the names, dates and amounts to be entered on the fraudulent invoices.

In or around April 2018, WAHAB and DOOLING exchanged messages about creating fraudulent invoices for another former NBA player. On or around April 30, 2018, WAHAB and DOOLING continued their discussion:

DOOLING: Let’s grow this thing sir.

WAHAB: Lol, I’m depressed brother[.] Get me all NBA [laughing emoji]

DOOLING: Yes, we will[.]

DOOLING also sent a message to another co-conspirator regarding the transfer of proceeds from a transaction under the scheme. Specifically, on or around June 28, 2019, DOOLING messaged this co-conspirator and stated, in substance and in part, “Hey bro, here’s the breakdown: 5600 for you and me. Then 10800 for the guy. I faced him 4200$ so you can put it with my 5600= 9800 to My [bank account information]. . . . This way everything is under 10k.

The Plan also allowed Eligible Participants to use a debit card issued by the Plan (the “Plan Debit Card”) to pay for eligible medical services and products at the point of service. WILLIAM WASHINGTON billed, and had others billed, two co-conspirators’ plan debit cards for approximately $436,126. WILLIAMS also exchanged messages with WASHINGTON about WASHINGTON creating fraudulent invoices as part of the scheme. For example:

WILLIAMS: You have the card reader, I have the [Plan Debit C]ARDS. Let’s work together . . . . Give me the bread, I’ll bring it to them. You always slip. You get your money back. . . . you will owe me. OK.

WASHINGTON: We owe each other lol. . . .

To verify that certain services were medically necessary, the plan sometimes requires participants to submit a letter of medical necessity from a medical provider establishing the necessity of the services provided. WILLIAMS fraudulently created and transferred letters of medical necessity for three co-conspirators. ANDERSON also advised, aided and instigated at least one co-conspirator to submit a false letter of medical necessity to the Plan. These letters were unusual in several respects: they were not on letterhead, contained unusual formatting, had grammatical errors, and one of the letters misspelled the name of an alleged patient.

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TERRENCE WILLIAMS, AAMIR WAHAB, WILLIAM WASHINGTON, ALAN ANDERSON, KEYON DOOLING, ANTHONY ALLEN, DESIREE ALLEN, SHANNON BROWN, WILLIAM BYNUM, RONALD GLEN DAVIS, CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, aka “Supreme Bey”, JAMARIO MOON, DARIUS MILES, MILTON PALACIO , RUBEN PATTERSON, EDDIE ROBINSON, SEBASTIAN TELFAIR, CHARLES WATSON JR. and ANTHONY WROTEN are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. TERRENCE WILLIAMS is also charged with two counts of aggravated impersonation, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence handed down. ALAN ANDERSON is also charged with one count of aggravated impersonation, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence handed down.

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI. In addition to the New York field office, Mr. Williams praised the work of the Seattle, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City field offices.

The prosecution of this case is overseen by the Bureau’s Complex Fraud and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan B. Finkel and Kristy J. Greenberg are charged with the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Superseding Indictment are allegations only and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory sentence indicates, the entire text of the Replacement Indictment and the description of the Replacement Indictment set forth therein are allegations only, and each fact described should be treated as an allegation.