Former Sixers ‘Trust the Process’ Legend Charged With Fraud

Tony Wroten

Getty Tony Wroten spent three productive seasons with the Sixers and coined the term "Trust the Process" in the media.

The man credited with unleashing the mantra “Trust the Process” on the world has been charged with fraud. Tony Wroten was named as one of 18 former NBA players accused of stealing nearly $4 million in fraudulent medical and dental claims, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Wroten may be a footnote in NBA history, but he was a fan favorite during his three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. The combo guard started 34 games and averaged 13.8 points while dishing out 3.6 dimes per game. More importantly, Wroten was the player who revealed then-general manager Sam Hinkie’s commitment to tanking. The revelation came out in a 2015 interview, via ESPN. “They tell us every game, every day, ‘Trust the Process,'” Wroten told ESPN. “Just continue to build.”

Now the federal government is charging Wroten with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to the DOJ press release.

Authorities say former NBA player Terrence Williams was the ringleader, providing the other defendants with “false invoices to support their fraudulent claims” for reimbursement for chiropractic and dental care in California and additional “wellness” care in Washington. In exchange, according to the DOJ, defendants paid Williams kickbacks of at least $230,000 from those reimbursed insurance claims.

Other players charged include Tony Allen, Shannon Brown, Glen Davis, Darius Miles, Sebastian Telfair, Milt Palacio, Antoine Wright, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Greg Smith, Jamario Moon, Alan Anderson, Will Bynum, Melvin Ely and Chris Douglas-Roberts. Allen’s wife Desiree Allen is also charged with fraud.

Wroten was arrested on October 7 and his case will be heard in the Western District of Washington, according to the press release.

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