//Clinton Portis amongst retired NFL gamers dealing with federal fraud costs

Clinton Portis amongst retired NFL gamers dealing with federal fraud costs

Clinton Portis, a former Professional Bowl operating again, is amongst a number of former NFL gamers who’re dealing with federal costs in an alleged scheme to defraud the league’s well being care program for retired gamers.

Portis, Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter and Etric Pruitt are among the many gamers charged by the Justice Division.

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The federal government mentioned it’s also desiring to cost Joe Horn and Reche Caldwell with conspiracy to commit well being care fraud.

The scheme focused the Gene Upshaw NFL Participant Well being Reimbursement Account Plan for reimbursement, which was established in 2006 to offer tax-free reimbursement of medical bills that weren’t coated by insurance coverage and that have been incurred by former gamers, their wives and any dependents.

Greater than $3.9 million in fraudulent medical claims have been submitted to the plan and greater than $3.four million was paid out between June 2017 and June 2018, in line with charging paperwork.

“The defendants are alleged to have developed and executed a fraudulent scheme to undermine a health care benefit plan established by the NFL – one established to help their former teammates and colleagues pay for legitimate medical expenses,” U.S. Lawyer Robert M. Duncan Jr., for the Jap District of Kentucky, mentioned in a Justice Division information launch. “The defendants allegedly submitted false claims to the plan and obtained money for expensive medical equipment that was never purchased or received, depriving that plan of valuable resources to help others meet their medical needs.”

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Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins watches the action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 3, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins watches the motion towards the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Subject on October 3, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Picture by Scott Cunningham/Getty Photographs)

The scheme concerned submissions of faux claims that concerned costly medical tools ranging between $40,000 and $50,000 for every declare, officers mentioned. The medical tools included “hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines designed for use by a doctor’s office to conduct women’s health examinations and electromagnetic therapy devices designed for use on a horse.”

McCune, Eubans, Vanover, Buckhalter, Rogers and others allegedly recruited different gamers into the scheme by providing to submit the false claims for kickbacks and bribes, officers mentioned. The bribes and kickbacks ranged from just a few thousand {dollars} to as much as $10,000 per declare.

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The previous gamers would allegedly fabricate supporting documentation for the claims. McCune and Buckhalter would allegedly name a phone quantity offered by the plan and impersonated gamers to be able to examine the standing of the fraudulent claims.

“This investigation serves as an illustration of the rampant and deliberate scams against health care plans occurring daily throughout the country,” FBI Particular Agent in Cost George L. Piro mentioned within the information launch. “In this case, these fraudsters pocketed money from the Gene Upshaw National Football League Health Reimbursement Account Plan that was intended for former NFL players who are ill or infirm. Over 20 FBI field offices participated in this investigation, which demonstrates the level of commitment we have to rooting out this type of fraud.”

Portis, Brown, Butler and Bennett have been charged with one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and well being care fraud, one rely of wire fraud and one rely of well being care fraud.

McCune was charged with one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and well being care fraud, 9 counts of wire fraud and 9 counts of well being care fraud.

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Eubanks, Vanover and Rogers have been charged with one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and well being care fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of well being care fraud.

Buckhalter and Pruitt have been charged with one county of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and well being care fraud.