Former Celtic Tony Allen sentenced in fraud case


“I did not uphold our core values.”

Tony Allen performed for the Celtics from 2004-2010. Jim Davis/Globe Employees

Former Celtics wing Tony Allen was sentenced to group service and supervision for his function in a scheme to defraud the NBA, per reporter Pete Brush.

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Allen was one in every of 18 gamers to be accused of defrauding the NBA’s well being and welfare plan. These gamers allegedly took out fraudulent medical and dental claims from 2017-2020, illegally taking a complete of $5 million from the league. Allen reportedly stole $420,000 by way of these false claims.

Allen pleaded responsible in April to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud, and he already paid again a lot of the cash he stole. He gave a “tearful apology,” in keeping with Brush, and seems to remorse his involvement within the scheme.

“I totally acknowledge my particular person duty and I perceive the gravity of my actions,” Allen mentioned. “As a member of the NBA group, I did not uphold our core values.”

The Celtics chosen Allen twenty fifth general within the 2004 NBA Draft. He performed in Boston for six seasons and was a member of the 2008 championship staff. Allen was recognized for his lockdown protection, particularly on the perimeter. His defensive status reached its peak after leaving Boston for the Memphis Grizzlies, making the NBA’s All-Defensive first staff in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and its second staff in 2011, 2016 and 2017. 

Allen was not the one former Celtic accused on this crime. Sebastian Telfair, Keyon Dooling, and Glen Davis all performed roles on this scheme, and Terrence Williams organized all of it. He wasn’t the one member of his household to face costs, as his spouse, Desiree, was reportedly named on this case, too.

Choose Valerie E. Caproni credited Allen for repaying most of his cash earlier than he was charged, per Brush. Caproni expressed her perception that Allen’s post-NBA profession had began off poorly and supplied him recommendation.

“You appear not fairly to have discovered your footing after your basketball profession has ended,” Caproni mentioned. “It’s possible you’ll want to consider having a brand new aim – one thing you may work in direction of daily.”

Allen will keep away from jail time, as will a lot of the gamers accused on this crime. However some weren’t so fortunate. Dooling and Alan Anderson will spend 30 and 24 months in jail, respectively, as they served as leaders on this scheme by recruiting different gamers and offering them with pretend invoices. Williams obtained the harshest sentence of everybody: 10 years for his function because the mastermind behind this plan. Solely three gamers charged — Davis, Will Bynum, and Darius Miles — have but to be sentenced.

Although Allen is not going to see a day behind bars, his regret for what he did nonetheless imprisons him. Allen mentioned in his apology that he needs to make up for his crimes and discover a method ahead.

“I don’t search sympathy, Allen mentioned, “However slightly a possibility for redemption.”