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Former NBA Player Glen Davis Receives Sentence in Fraud Scheme

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Former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis has been handed a prison sentence and a fine.

Former NBA forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis was handed a 40-month prison sentence by a federal judge on Thursday, along with three years of supervised release, following his November 2023 conviction for his role in a scheme to defraud the NBA’s health care benefits plan.

In the case, twenty-two individuals – 18 former NBA players including Terrence Williams and Keyon Dooling – were sentenced for submitting fraudulent medical claims to the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare Plan.

According to ESPN, Davis, 38, who has proclaimed his innocence since the indictment in October 2021, was found guilty of several fraud charges and conspiracy to make false statements.

He was also ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution. His supervised release conditions require him to participate in a financial management class and undergo mandatory drug treatment.

Williams, identified by the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office as the mastermind behind this “wide-ranging scheme to steal millions of dollars,” received a 10-year sentence last August.

Aside from Williams, Davis has received the longest sentence of any former NBA player involved. Last month, former NBA guard Will Bynum, also convicted in November alongside Davis, received an 18-month sentence, partly for perjury during his testimony.

Davis’ defense attorney, Sabrina Shroff, did not offer any comments. The Southern District of New York’s press office also refrained from commenting.

In court, assistant U.S. attorney Ryan Finkel described Davis’ actions as a “sophisticated and intelligent effort” to conceal his wrongdoing.

A variety of pre-sentencing documents submitted on behalf of Davis included letters from family members, former coaches, and several officials from the NBA players’ union, including NBPA general counsel Ron Klempner and executive director Andre Iguodala.

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