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Former NFL star Clinton Portis, 40, is sentenced to six months in prison for healthcare fraud

Former NFL running back Clinton Portis will spend six months in federal prison and another six in home confinement for his role in a healthcare scheme involving other retired NFL players.

The 40-year-old Portis previously pled guilty to fraud in September, admitting that he received almost $100,000 by filing false medical claims for equipment that was never provided.

Prior to Thursday’s sentencing, the Department of Justice explained Portis’s recommended sentence by explaining that he only recently admitted he was guilty at a retrial following a hung jury in his first trial. Furthermore, the DOJ explained in its pretrial filing, Portis only recently repaid the money.   

Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis (L) breaks through a hole in the Oakland Raiders defense in the first half, 11 November 2002, in Denver

Former NFL running back Clinton Portis will spend six months in federal prison and another six in home confinement for his role in a healthcare scheme involving other retired NFL players 

On Instagram, Portis thanked his legal team, the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP. 'I would fight with you all any day!' Portis wrote alongside a picture of his attorneys. 'You all believed in me from the start & worked tirelessly to prove my innocence! We came up short & things didn't go as planned but the bond created will last forever! Thank you all!'

On Instagram, Portis thanked his legal team, the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP. ‘I would fight with you all any day!’ Portis wrote alongside a picture of his attorneys. ‘You all believed in me from the start & worked tirelessly to prove my innocence! We came up short & things didn’t go as planned but the bond created will last forever! Thank you all!’

On Instagram after his sentencing, Portis thanked his legal team, the international law firm of Baker Botts LLP.

‘I would fight with you all any day!’ Portis wrote alongside a picture of his attorneys. ‘You all believed in me from the start & worked tirelessly to prove my innocence! We came up short & things didn’t go as planned but the bond created will last forever! Thank you all!’

Portis also wrote a message to his critics on Instagram: ‘You can’t embarrass me or make me feel uncomfortable. I’m SOLID.’

The Justice Department filed charges in December 2019 accusing Portis and nine other retired players of filing $3.9 million in false claims. 

Portis also wrote a message to his critics on Instagram: 'You can't embarrass me or make me feel uncomfortable. I'm SOLID'

Portis also wrote a message to his critics on Instagram: ‘You can’t embarrass me or make me feel uncomfortable. I’m SOLID’

The health plan paid out more than $3.4 million on those claims from June 2017 to December 2018, according to court records.

The other players accused of healthcare fraud in the case include former New Orleans Saints Joe Horn, who pleaded guilty in 2019, as well as Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris (C.C.) Brown, James Butler, Fredrick Bennett and Etric Pruitt. 

Former NFL players Correll Buckhalter, Anthony Montgomery and Darrell Reid also pled guilty for their roles in the scheme. All three received 10 months of house arrest, while Buckhalter also got 10 months in prison for his role in another similar scheme. 

McCune is considered the mastermind of the scheme and has pled guilty to 13 counts of health care fraud, 11 counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. He has not yet been sentenced. 

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tamarick Vanover was charged with the other players

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tamarick Vanover was charged with the other players

Correll Buckhalter pictured in 2012

Former NFL players Correll Buckhalter, Anthony Montgomery and Darrell Reid have been sentenced for their roles in a $4 million scheme to defraud a healthcare program for retired players.

Former NFL players Correll Buckhalter, Anthony Montgomery and Darrell Reid have been sentenced for their roles in a $4 million scheme to defraud a healthcare program for retired players. Buckhalter (pictured), an ex-Eagles running back, took in $121,000 in fake claims

Darrell Reid, who played linebacker for the Colts and Broncos, made $93,000 on the scheme

Darrell Reid, who played linebacker for the Colts and Broncos, made $93,000 on the scheme

The players allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to the health care program seeking reimbursement for expensive medical equipment, including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines and ultrasound devices. The equipment claims ranged from $40,000 to $50,000.

Portis, specifically, submitted a claim in the amount of $44,732 for an oxygen chamber and $54,532 for a cryosauna. He received full reimbursement in the amount of $99,264.

‘This investigation serves as an illustration of the rampant and deliberate scams against health care plans occurring daily throughout the country,’ said FBI Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the Miami Field Office in December of 2019.

Anthony Montgomery got 10 months of house arrest for filing $94,000 in false claims

Anthony Montgomery got 10 months of house arrest for filing $94,000 in false claims 

‘In this case, these fraudsters pocketed money from the Gene Upshaw National Football League Health Reimbursement Account Plan that was intended for former NFL players who are ill or infirm. Over 20 FBI field offices participated in this investigation which demonstrates the level of commitment we have to rooting out this type of fraud.’

Also, a Florida court issued an arrest warrant for Portis in late August over nearly $148,000 in unpaid child support. Portis, who made $43 million during his NFL career, declared bankruptcy in 2015.

Portis rushed for 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns in his nine-year career with the Denver Broncos (2002-03) and then-Washington Redskins (2004-10). He made the Pro Bowl after the 2003 and 2008 seasons. He was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Broncos.

Fredrick Bennett, who had a brief NFL career before moving on to the CFL, was also charged

Fredrick Bennett, who had a brief NFL career before moving on to the CFL, was also charged


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