Former Washington running back Clinton Portis is reportedly among six former NFL players that were charged with committing fraud toward a health care program that was created to aid retired NFL players, ProFootballTalk reported.
Darrell Reid, Anthony Montgomery, Tamarick Vanover, Antwan Odom, and Robert McCune were the other five players involved. Portis is facing charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, as are all the players. Portis, along with Reid, Odom and Montogmery, was charged with one count of health care fraud and one count of wire fraud.
ProFootballTalk reported that Portis had already been charged for the actions in 2009, but is now facing the additional charges mentioned above.
The allegations Portis and other face relate to fraud toward the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Plan, as they have been accused of making false purchases of expensive medical equipment then asking for reimbursement. The players allegedly claimed to have bought cryotherapy machines and other pricey equipment that ranged from $40,000-$50,000, but never actually made the purchase. Allegedly, invoices and medical documents were fabricated as well.
News of the allegations involving Portis first came back in December of 2019. At that time, the running back was adamant that the charges against him were false.
"I just spoke my piece and just would hope that you all, in having the access to me and knowing me, and being around me and seeing my work within the community and the charities and everything else, would know better," Portis said on 106.7 The Fan's Grant and Danny. "I think more people should spread the positive than running with this, what I would call fake news."
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