Former NFL player to report to jail for health care fraud

FORT MILL, SC (WJZY) –Clinton Portis, a former NFL running back, will soon report to federal jail for six months.

Portis was sentenced by a Kentucky federal judge this week after having pleaded guilty to defraud the league’s health care plan.

At one point in 2004, Portis became the highest-paid running back in NFL history. After nine years playing with the Denver Broncos and the Washington football team, and career earnings of over $ 43 million, Portis has experienced serious financial trouble.

A combination of bad investments and extravagant spending led Portis to file for bankruptcy in 2015. And that’s when the health care plan came into play. one of 15 NFL players accused of scamming the league’s health care plan.

According to the authorities, the former players admitted to a plan for defrauding Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan (the Plan).

The plan was established in accordance with the 2006 NFL collective agreement and provided for tax-free reimbursement of medical costs not covered by insurance and incurred by former players, their spouses and dependents. – up to a maximum of $ 350,000 per player, authorities said.

According to court documents, Portis caused false and fraudulent claims to be submitted to the plan on its behalf over a two-month period, collecting $ 99,264 in benefits for expensive medical equipment that was not actually provided.

In addition to the jail term, he was ordered to repay nearly $ 100,000.

Another South Carolina resident, former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, pleaded guilty to the same fraud in 2019.

In October, 18 former NBA players were arrested by the FBI. Federal investigators said it was a textbook fraud. Retired players would submit bogus medical claims to the health care plan and never receive treatment.

NBA players are expected to be back in court in May. A trial date for them has not been set.

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