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ASHBURN, Va. Former Washington and Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis has been sentenced to six months in federal prison and six months in prison for his part in cheating a health care program for retired NFL veterans.
Portis pleaded guilty to fraud in September after being accused of obtaining nearly $ 100,000 after filing false claims for medical supplies that were not delivered, according to court documents.
In a preliminary sentencing on Thursday, the Justice Department said it was seeking a verdict at the higher end of the recommended 10-to-16-month guideline, given Portis’ offense. The DOJ said it was seeking a longer sentence because Portis continued to deny his guilt until he faces a new trial after a hanged jury. The filing also noted that Portis did not pay money back to the plan until shortly before the sentencing.
Portis was part of a ring of former players who filed false repayment claims totaling about $ 2.9 million. In 2006, NFL Gene Upshaw established the NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, designed to help retired players pay for medical expenses. The account provides up to $ 350,000 in benefits per. player.
Fifteen former players have pleaded guilty to the charges.
Tamarick Vanover, who played for Chiefs and Chargers, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 22nd.
Former linebacker Robert McCune, who is considered by the Department of Justice to be the orchestrator of the ring, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of healthcare fraud, 11 counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. He risks a long prison sentence.
The other former players who have pleaded guilty are: Joe Horn, Carlos Rogers, Correll Buckhalter, James Butler, Ceandris Brown, John Eubanks, Antwan Odom, Etric Pruitt, Darrell Reid, Anthony Montgomery, Frederick Bennett and Reche Caldwell, who were killed in 2020.
Buckhalter received 10 months in prison in October. Others, including Bennett, Rogers, Odom, Montgomery and Reid, have been sentenced to house arrest of between six and ten months, according to court documents.
Horn, a former recipient of New Orleans, was sentenced in November to three years probation and at least 200 hours of community service for his role. I received $ 149,775, but you have repaid the money.
According to the Justice Department, Portis risked up to 10 years in prison for his role in the scheme. He was charged with filing false claims totaling $ 99,624 in benefits over a two-month period for medical devices that had not been delivered. Along with pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, Portis agreed to repay the full amount.
Portis, McCune, Eubanks and Rogers spent a year with Washington in 2006. Portis, who played for Washington from 2004 to 2010, is the franchise’s second-leading rusher with 6,824 yards.
Denver drafted Portis in the second round in 2002 and traded him to Washington after the 2003 season – after rushing a total of 3,099 yards in his first two seasons.
Portis rushed after 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns, catching 247 passes for 2,018 yards and five goals in nine NFL seasons.