Ex-NFL Players Plead Guilty to Healthcare Fraud Scheme

Three defendants have pleaded guilty to a healthcare scam, and they are former NFL players Clinton Portis, Tamarick Vanover and Robert McCune. They confessed to participating in a scheme in which they extorted money from the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Plan. 

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According to the HRA Plan, it “helps eligible Players and their dependents with covered medical care expenses after their NFL-paid medical coverage under the NFL Player Insurance Plan ends.” To be eligible for the plan, active players must complete at least three seasons, their Health Accounts have to have positive balances and their spouses and dependents can be included. 

According to the Department of Justice, Portis submitted false and misleading claims for himself to the Plan, in which he received $99,264 in benefits for medical equipment that wasn’t provided.  

Vanover invited three other ex-NFL players to take part in the scheme as he received $159,510 in benefits. 

McCune was the key cultivator in the nationwide scheme as he submitted fraudulent claims to the Plan that was worth $2.9 million. In December 2019, Portis, Vanover, McCune and seven other defendants were indicted in the healthcare fraud scheme. 

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There were 12 other former players that have confessed to committing health care fraud, who are: Joseph Horn, Correll Buckhalter, Carlos Rogers, James Butler, Etric Pruitt, Ceandris Brown, John Eubanks, Antwan Odom, Darrell Reid, Anthony Montgomery, Fredrick Bennett and Reche Caldwell. 

Portis and Vanover will be scheduled to be sentenced on two different days in January and face up to 10 years in prison. McCune will be sentenced on Nov. 19 and faces 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, according to the Department of Justice. 

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