Clinton Portis pleads guilty to healthcare fraud


A week after a jury couldn’t reach a decision in the criminal trial of former NFL running back Clinton Portis, he has made a decision to end the prosecution without standing trial a second time.

Portis has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of not more than $250,000 or twice the gross financial gain from the fraud. He will make restitution of $99,264 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Players Health Reimbursement Account Plan.

As part of the plea deal signed on Friday, Portis admitted that he participated in a scheme to defraud the plan through false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises. Portis basically acknowledges that he made false claims for benefits under the plan.

Specifically, Portis submitted a claim seeking reimbursement in the amount of $44,732 for an oxygen chamber and $54,532 for a cryosauna. He admits that he was “aware of a high probability that these claims sought reimbursement for items that were not medically necessary and . . . deliberately ignored that fact.” He received reimbursement of the full $99,264 that he sought from the plan.

Drafted by the Broncos in 2002, Ports was traded to Washington in 2004. He played in D.C. through 2010.

12 responses to “Clinton Portis pleads guilty to healthcare fraud

  1. How many insurance executives will serve time for implementing a system that essentially commits the same crime every day, as a matter of standard business practice?

  2. When I saw him eating at a local restaurant in my neighborhood in South Florida, I knew he had it bad. Most people grab take out, mind you this restaurant only had 4 tables. This was right after he admitted that his Financial Advisor stole from him.

  3. This is a tragic story of an athlete that lost everything on a lavish lifestyle and questionable investments. The NFLPA needs to do more educating players about money management. They are not getting financial education in college.

  4. I’m saying this as a Washington fan who’s seen him as a player, a sideline host during preseason games that Dan Snyder paid him to clown around on camera in-between drinks and as a constant guest on local talk radio shows.

    These are the same radio shows where he and Santana Moss laughed about drinking cognac before playing games and finally Jim Zorn tried to put a stop to it!

    Clinton Portis isn’t stupid by any stretch of the imagination, he wasn’t duped by financial advisors and is not a victim. He made conscious choices because he felt invincible and untouchable. Day Snyder literally ordered his GM not to draft any player who could replace him. That’s why we went so many years without a decent running back after he retired!

    Enabled, spoiled and bold. But not a victim.

  5. Excluding the wiping of butts The NFL & NFLPA do almost everything for these players. They provide financial seminars with lists of creditable $ mgrs etc. Maybe players should take it upon themselves to take a personal finance course during college (instead of bowling, basket weaving etc).

  6. “This is a tragic story of an athlete that lost everything on a lavish lifestyle and questionable investments.”

    It’s not “tragic.” Nobody died. He just burned through all his money. He has tons of contacts and no doubt could have easily gotten a legitimate job but decided committing fraud was easier. Bad choice by him. And the NFL has offered financial training to players for years but most aren’t interested when they’re making money hand-over-fist.

  7. Why not invest in mutual funds instead of high-risk investment and real estate… Managing real estate is no small task, and the cost of doing so can be exorbitant. Managing an investment portfolio also comes with pretty steep costs. Combine the two and you’ll end up with a high-cost investment in which the costs dig into the profits and could lead to losses in extreme cases. $43 million in Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are a good choice with gold being the safest of all vestments.

  8. Hey, this should all should be flagged for CTE. Lots in the media like to jump all over cte when guy kills someone or himself. Why not in this instance too?

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