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Former Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for NBA insurance fraud

Will Bynum, who played six seasons for the Detroit Pistons, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for his conviction in an NBA insurance fraud scandal.

Bynum, 41, of Bensenville, Illinois, was convicted in Manhattan federal court, where a jury convicted him in November of conspiring to make false statements regarding NBA players who submitted false dental and medical claims to the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare Plan. .

More than twenty people have been convicted in the case, many of whom were once NBA players.

Bynum, who averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 assists in 360 games during his career, was also ordered to forfeit $182,000 and pay $182,000 in restitution when sentenced by Judge Valerie E. Caproni.

According to court documents, Bynum joined several other former NBA players, including Terrence Williams and Keyon Dooling, in a scheme to cheat from 2018 to 2019. Williams and Dooling, who pleaded guilty to the charges, have already been sentenced to 10 years and 30 months in prison, respectively.

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Authorities said Bynum received false invoices from another former NBA player that showed $200,000 in medical services Bynum received at a Los Angeles-area chiropractor, even though the services never occurred.

Bynum testified during the trial. Prosecutors say he committed perjury and obstructed justice.

In a release, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Bynum “lied to the jury while under oath. His sentence is a clear warning that anyone who attempts to deceive and obstruct justice will face prison time.”

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