18 former NBA players indicted for allegedly trying to defraud league's health care plan out of millions

Eighteen former NBA players have been indicted on charges that they allegedly defrauded a health care plan of millions of dollars that served current and former players. An NBA logo is shown here at the 5th Avenue NBA store on March 12, 2020, in New York City.

(CNN) -- Eighteen former NBA players have been indicted on charges that they allegedly defrauded a health care plan of millions of dollars that served current and former players, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Manhattan federal prosecutors allege in the indictment that the 18 former NBA players and one of their family members took part in a "widespread scheme to defraud" the NBA's health plan by submitting nearly $4 million in "false and fraudulent" claims to be reimbursed for medical and dental services that had not actually been given.

The people charged in the indictment received about $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, prosecutors said in the indictment.

In all, 19 people were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

The indictment alleges that at least 10 co-defendants agreed to pay one former player about $230,000 total in "kickbacks" in exchange for him providing them with fake invoices to help with their scheme.

CNN has reached out to the NBA and the NBA players union for comment. CNN is also to reaching out to the defendants.

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