A federal grand jury charged 10 previous National Football League gamers– consisting of previous Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis– with scamming the league’s health-care advantage prepare for retired people out of $3.4 million.
The previous expert football gamers have actually been charged in an indictment submitted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky with wire scams and health-care scams for presumably sending “deceitful and incorrect claims for repayment for pricey medical devices” that they never ever bought.
Prosecutors declare the 10 males made over $3.9 million in deceptive and incorrect claims, with the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan paying over $3.4 million on those claims.
“Ten previous NFL gamers presumably devoted a brazen, multimillion-dollar scams on a health-care strategy implied to assist their previous colleagues and other retired gamers pay genuine, out-of-pocket medical costs,” Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski stated in a declaration . “Today’s indictments highlight that whoever you are, if you loot health-care programs to line your own pockets, you will be held responsible by the Department of Justice.”
Along with Portis, the previous NFL gamers associated with the supposed plan consist of: previous Washington Redskins linebacker Robert McCune, 40; previous Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers, 38; John Eubanks, a previous cornerback for the Washington group; previous San Diego Chargers wide-receiver Tamarick Vanover; previous Jacksonville Jaguars security Ceandris Brown, 36; previous Giants security James Butler, 37; previous Seattle Seahawks protective back Etric Pruitt, 38; previous Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter, 41; and Cincinnati Bengals protective back Frederick Bennett, 35.
The federal government stated Thursday it likewise has actually submitted notification to charge previous NFL pass receivers Joe Horn, 47, and Donald Caldwell, 40, with conspiracy to devote health-care scams.
According to the federal indictments submitted in Kentucky, the gamers apparently sent incorrect claims to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan for compensation in between June 2017 and December 2018 for numerous fake products. The strategy, which was developed in 2006, offers tax-free compensation of out-of-pocket healthcare costs not covered by insurance coverage for previous gamers, their spouses, and any dependents.
The products– which cost in between $40,000 and $50,000 a piece– consisted of hyperbaric chambers, cryotherapy makers, ultrasound devices, and “even electro-magnetic treatment gadgets utilized on horses,” the indictment states. To conceal their deceitful plan, the gamers supposedly “produced prescription supposedly signed by healthcare companies” and “produced billings from medical devices business.”
“The offenders are declared to have actually established and carried out a deceptive plan to weaken a healthcare advantage strategy developed by the NFL– one developed to assist their previous colleagues and associates spend for genuine medical expenditures,” U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. stated on Thursday .
Prosecutors declare a few of the gamers were “ringleaders” in the plan, hiring previous footballers by providing to send incorrect claims in exchange for approximately $10,000 in “allurements and kickbacks,” according to the indictments.
After the claims were sent, McCune and Buckhalter “supposedly called the phone number” offered by the strategy and “impersonated particular other gamers to look at the status of the deceitful and incorrect claims,” federal district attorneys declare .
The plan apparently dropped in 2018 after the gamers’ insurance provider, Cigna, ended up being suspicious of a few of the pricey claims and notified federal authorities. The charges followed a year-long examination into the 10 gamers.
“This examination acts as an illustration of the purposeful and widespread frauds versus healthcare strategies happening daily throughout the nation,” FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro stated .
Authorities stated 4 gamers have actually currently been apprehended, and 6 others are anticipated to give up as part of an arrangement.