While NFLPA has been fighting the NFL for retired players to get increased pensions and benefits for retired players, we have some former players defrauding the whole system for millions of dollars.
NY POST – Ten former NFL players – including Pro Bowler Clinton Portis — have been charged in a “brazen” multi-million dollar nationwide scheme that defrauded a health care program for retired players, federal authorities announced Thursday.
The former players – including five ex-Washington Redskins – are accused of submitting false claims and getting money for pricey medical equipment like hyperbaric oxygen chambers and cryotherapy machines that were never purchased or received, prosecutors said.
For example a Hyperbaric Chamber costs over $25,000.
In all, the players submitted more than $3.9 million in bogus claims to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, resulting in more than $3.4 million in payouts between June 2017 and December, federal prosecutors said.
The charges claim that more than $3.9 million in false and fraudulent claims were submitted to the NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan https://t.co/KKOYfB4lHj
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 12, 2019
All and all this is very serious with Portis facing up to 20 years in prison for this.
Clinton Portis Facing Up to 20 Years In Prison For Allegedly Defrauding NFL https://t.co/jqN5GQtUxs
— TMZ (@TMZ) December 12, 2019
The crazy thing is there are stories of how Clinton Portis was scammed out of millions of dollars a few years ago himself. Just an absolute of a mess of a situation for The NFL and for Clinton Portis among others.