Clinton Portis, nine other ex-NFL players charged with health care fraud

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The United States Department of Justice has charged 10 former NFL players with defrauding a health care program for retired players.

Former Washington and Denver running back Clinton Portis is among those who have been charged. He is joined by Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter and Etric Pruitt.

Former NFL wideouts Joe Horn and Reche Caldwell are also expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

The charges were filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky this week allege that the retired players submitted fradulent claims for medical equipment costing between $40,000-50,000 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. They would fabricate prescriptions and invoices to support while recruiting others to make false claims in exchange for payments of up to $10,000.

“Ten former NFL players allegedly committed a brazen, multimillion dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket medical expenses,” assistant attorney general Brian Benczkowski said, via the Washington Post. “Today’s indictments underscore that whoever you are, if you loot health care programs to line your own pockets, you will be held accountable by the Department of Justice.”

According to the indictment, the claims filed between June 2017 and December 2018 totaled $3.9 million and the health care plan paid out more than $3.4 million.

49 responses to “Clinton Portis, nine other ex-NFL players charged with health care fraud

  1. 9 guys who were all paid millions are probably going to jail over a scam that brought in under $400K per guy. It’s called “investing your money”, kids. Do it and avoid being like these losers.

  2. Clinton Portis earned over 43 million in his career… How does it come to this? Sad that at 38 years old he’s burned through it all, and then some, (in 2015 he reportedly was 5 million in debt) and has resorted to fraud.

  3. man, even Rechee Caldwell? dude has had some issues. Wasn’t he arrested for selling drugs a couple of years ago? If only he caught that pass in the AFCCG against the colts…he was wide open…no one covering him…it was a low pass but it was catchable….

  4. Hmmm…Jamel Antwon Cook, a running back for the Texans and the Buccaneers, was indicted for similar crimes last year. I remember he failed to appear for his arraignment, but do not know what happened after that.

    Sad that former players would steal from a fund to help the guys who paved the way for them in the NFL.

  5. The people that successfully get away with fraud are typically millionaires. Wall Street and corporate CEO’s.

  6. Despicable. I believe that anyone caught trying to defraud programs such as this be permanently ineligible to receive benefits. They are ripping off the system which is designed to help people who cannot afford such care. Utterly despicable.

    Now they’ll get all the care they need in the prison healthcare system.

  7. mogogo1 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 11:04 am
    9 guys who were all paid millions are probably going to jail over a scam that brought in under $400K per guy. It’s called “investing your money”, kids. Do it and avoid being like these losers.

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    Many players like Portis got into financial problems when they invested and got swindled. Nobody is above being defrauded or scammed.

  8. Ponto60 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Nothing is going to happen to them other than fines, bank on it.
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    Well, they are also unlikely to get invited to any NFL alumni events…

  9. At least hundreds of thousands of people are ripping off the social security disability system and absolutely nothing is being done about that. Some people are legitimately disabled. Many work on the side and hired the right filthy lawyer to get SSD though. The government could at least investigate all claimants at some sort of interval. It’s a broken system.

  10. Have you noticed that this doesn’t happen in baseball, and not even in basketball. What is it about football players that makes them so stupid. We can find examples of stuff like this anywhere, but my point is that in football, it is never ending.

  11. itsnotcheese2934 says:

    man, even Rechee Caldwell? dude has had some issues. Wasn’t he arrested for selling drugs a couple of years ago? If only he caught that pass in the AFCCG against the colts…he was wide open…no one covering him…it was a low pass but it was catchable….

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    I think he was overwhelmed by the moment.
    I remember he had a “deer in the headlights” look on his face most of the game.

  12. collectordude says:

    Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to NFL players committing crimes.

    Most NFL players and ex players don’t commit crimes. Most are upstanding citizens.

    Players are just part of society and as a society, some commit crimes.

  13. I’m assuming that some doctors will be arrested at some point……tough to fabricate that many prescriptions without a little help.

  14. It’s still fraud. But if they were really doing this to pass the money to other players who need it, doesn’t that say something about the failures of the system in helping all retired players?

  15. whodatalien says:
    December 12, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Clinton portis and Joe Horn are underappreciated legends. This doesnt change that in my mind. Glad they got some money.
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    Dude, your first sentence seems reasonable. The last one, however, is okaying alleged health care fraud.

  16. Many players like Portis got into financial problems when they invested and got swindled. Nobody is above being defrauded or scammed.
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    Giving your money to a friend of a friend who guarantees returns of 10000% of what was invested isn’t actually, you know, investing that money.

    Some advice to folks, if the investment seems to good to be true, it most likely is – there aren’t any get rich quick schemes that work out.

  17. whodatalien says:
    December 12, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Clinton portis and Joe Horn are underappreciated legends. This doesnt change that in my mind. Glad they got some money.
    +++
    So, by your mentality, as long as they produce on the field, you don’t care what happens off the field, right? That’s your philosophy?

    Sports, at any level, is not more important than being an honest, and productive citizen.

    For you, bounty gate was fine because they purposely tried to injure other players to win a Super Bowl. Specifically Brett Favre.

    Sports does make some fans delusional, as in your case.

  18. Yeh, players are part of society and some commit crimes. I call BS. If you don’t understand that criminal behavior on the part of football players far exceeds the crime rate of the general population, then you should pay attention and read more.

  19. But those that are saying that NFL players are basically criminals…are completely wrong.

    According to FBI statistics, Twenty- and 30-something men were almost twice as likely as NFL players to be arrested between 2000 and 2013.

    IT seems like so many get arrested because there is a spotlight on all of them. We get to hear about every wrong move.

  20. Meanwhile some sleazy hedge fund millionaire is pushing the cost of insulin up 200%, but when a Wall Street white guy does it, nobody really has a beef.

  21. 9 possibly 10? Small potatoes. As long as there is a medical industry, a pharmaceutical industry and an ins\race industry – they’ve tagged only little guys. The real crooks wear suits, ties and/or surgical garb.

  22. imthatguyx2 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    So, by your mentality, as long as they produce on the field, you don’t care what happens off the field, right? That’s your philosophy? Sports, at any level, is not more important than being an honest, and productive citizen. For you, bounty gate was fine because they purposely tried to injure other players to win a Super Bowl. Specifically Brett Favre.

    Sports does make some fans delusional, as in your case.
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    You realize these guys have committed these alleged crimes in retirement. The poster you’re responding to was talking about their playing days.

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