Ex-NFL Players Accused Of Fraud League’s Health Program

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December 12, 2019

Image: Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis during a game in Detroit in 2009.
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis during a game in Detroit in 2009. PHOTO: Paul Sancya / AP file

Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league’s health program of millions of dollars.

The players are among a group of 12 facing charges in the Eastern District of Kentucky, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. They are accused of filing more than $3.9 million in fraudulent claims, of which more than $3.4 million were paid from June 2017 to December 2018.

“Ten former NFL players allegedly committed a brazen, multi-million dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket medical expenses,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said in a statement.

Four former players were arrested and six agreed to turn themselves in, Benczkowski said.

The defendants include: Portis, the former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos running back; Robert McCune, a former linebacker with the Redskins; John Eubanks, a former cornerback with the Redskins; Tamarick Vanover, a former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver; Ceandris “C.C.” Brown, a former Houston Texans safety; James Butler, a former New York Giants and St. Louis Rams safety; Fredrick Bennett, a former Houston Texans defensive back; Etric Pruitt, a former defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks; Carlos Rogers, a former Redskins and San Francisco 49ers cornerback; Correll Buckhalter, a former Philadelphia Eagles running back.

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