May 24, 2024

Ex-U of L hoops star Terrence Williams sentenced for health care fraud

Former Louisville men’s basketball player Terrence Williams, a first-round NBA draft pick in 2009, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after leading a multimillion-dollar scam against the professional league’s health plan.

Williams had pleaded guilty last August to federal charges of conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Valerie E. Caproni, who said Williams used his people skills to entice others to aid in defunding the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan of more than $5 million after he “frittered away” substantial earnings from his professional career.

In addition to his 10-year prison sentence, Williams was also ordered to forfeit more than $650,000 and to pay $2.5 million in restitution for ripping off the NBA between 2017 and 2021 with the help of a dentist in California and doctors in California and Washington state.

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