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Ex-NFL star Clinton Portis convicted of health insurance fraud

Ex-NFL star Clinton Portis convicted of health insurance fraud

A retired NFL running back Clinton Portis was sentenced to six months in prison for his role in a $ 2.9 million scheme that saw 15 former players plead guilty to defrauding a league-funded health care program.

Portis, who was an acclaimed University of Miami student-athlete before playing professionally in Denver and Washington, has pleaded guilty to filing false claims for medical equipment valued at nearly $ 100,000, reports the New York Post. He was sentenced to six months in prison and an additional six months of house arrest.

According to ESPN, the Justice Department said in a pre-sentencing brief on Thursday that it intends to recommend the upper limit of the suggested 10- to 16-month guideline associated with Portis’ crimes because ‘he had continued to claim his innocence. It wasn’t until a suspended jury led to a new trial that he finally pleaded guilty.

Underlying the program is the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established by the NFL in 2006 to help retired athletes pay for their medical expenses. The fifteen players involved took advantage of programs allocated $ 350,000 in individual benefits by filing bogus claims for everything from medical equipment to appointments and home health assistance.

Over the course of two months, Portis submitted a total of $ 99,624 in false statements, for which he faced up to 10 years in prison. His sentence resulted from a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and an agreement to repay funds disbursed by the program.

Portis’ former Washington teammate Robert mccune, who was believed to be the lead in the operation, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of healthcare fraud, 11 counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.

John Eubanks and Carlos rogers, who was with the Washington football team for a year alongside Portis and McCune, also pleaded guilty to their involvement in the scam.

The list of players who admit their involvement in the scheme includes Reche Caldwell, who was shot and killed in a robbery in June 2020.

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