Former Washington Football Team running back Clinton Portis pleads guilty to health care fraud
WASHINGTON - Former Washington Football Team running back Clinton Portis has pleaded guilty in connection with his role in a health care fraud scheme.
According to the plea agreement Portis signed, he sought reimbursement for items he obtained through the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan that were not medically necessary.
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The University of Miami product faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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Portis co-conspirators in the scheme included former NFL player Robert McCune.
The scheme involved submissions of fake claims that involved expensive medical equipment ranging between $40,000 and $50,000 for each claim, officials said.
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The medical equipment included "hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines designed for use by a doctor’s office to conduct women’s health examinations and electromagnetic therapy devices designed for use on horse."