Two former NBA players will have to spend time in prison after defrauding ‘The Plan’, the health and welfare system of the best basketball league in the world. Namely, Keyon Dooling, known for his time playing with the Boston Celtics, who will have to spend 30 months in prison, and an old acquaintance of the Spanish former Barcelona player, Alan Anderson, sentenced to 24.
Anderson was a key player for Barcelona in the 2010-11 season at shooting guard. He was signed after Pete Mickael left the team, and was played an important part in the Copa del Rey won by the Cules in 2011. He scored 19 points with 4 rebounds in a game against Real Madrid.
A decade later, he will find himself prison. The underlying motive of the offence is medical fraud. According to the verdict of the United States of America Attorney’s Office, Anderson and Dooling constructed a system in which they convinced other players to join a complex scheme whereby through bogus medical claims and applications they would manage to get their hands on tens of thousands of fraudulent dollars.
Anderson was arrested and charged, along with 18 other players, in October 2021. They were accused of fraudulently benefiting from about 4 million dollars from the NBA’s welfare system. Dooling was arrested in April 2022 while with the Utah Jazz as an assistant.
Dooling received approximately 363,000 dollars and was involved in facilitating other medical claims to others for nearly 200,000 dollars. Anderson, meanwhile, received 121,000 dollars and facilitated some 710,000 dollars to others.
They reportedly requested false medical benefits that were never actually provided. Following the investigation and prosecution of the case, Dooling must serve two and a half years in prison, and Anderson two.