It was their travel records and e-mails that “done them in,” as Miss Eliza Doolittle would say in her flower-girl days. The ex-players, also-rans when it comes to NBA fame, submitted file medical and dental claims for reimbursement from the NBA’s healthcare fund. The league paid the claims even though the players had not received any treatment. They just had an alleged raud ring going. The U.S. Attorney phrased it this way, “Smith (Gregory Smith) submitted claims for root canals and crowns done by a dentist in Beverly Hill. Mr. Smith was nowhere near Beverly Hills, or even in the state of California” at the time. Mr. Smith was playing basketball in Taiwan.
Clever chaps, except for the higher-leaning analyses that thinks through how frauds come to the surface. Truth percolates, and it bubbled up here when investigators just collected player locations. Running a scam means you are running against the truth meter.