Former NFL Players Fraud Scheme Picked Off

The Justice Department charged 10 former NFL players with defrauding a health-care program for retired players of nearly $4 million. Among them a group the Justice Department filed charges against are Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter, Etric Pruitt, Clinton Portis and Rogers.

The charges for the 10 players vary by individual but include conspiracy to commit health-care wire fraud, wire fraud and health-care fraud. Portis was charged with all three and could face up to 50 years max in federal prison.

The players allegedly submitted false claims to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan for reimbursement for medical equipment costing between $40,000 and $50,000. According to the indictments, the players fabricated documents, including invoices and prescriptions, to execute the plan, reported The Washington Post.

In total, the accused players filed $3.9 million in false claims between June 2017 and December 2018. If you have debt issues or are being charged with a crime,  contact our law office at 816-524-4949 and speak with an attorney or visit our website at

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