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Former NFL star Clinton Portis pleads guilty to healthcare fraud and faces up to 10 years in prison after he and nine other ex-players were charged with filing $3.9million in false claims

Former Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and could face up to 10 years in prison. 

The plea comes a week after a hung jury in Portis' federal trial on the fraud charges.

As part of the plea, signed Friday and obtained by DailyMail.com, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. He also will make restitution of $99,264 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Players Health Reimbursement Account Plan.

Portis will be sentenced in January of 2022, according to court records.  

Clinton Portis attends Black Tie Affair for Quality Control's CEO Pierre Thomas, also know as Pee Thomas, on June 2Denver 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 Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis (left, in June, and right, in 2002) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and could face up to 10 years in prison

As part of the plea, signed Friday and obtained by DailyMail.com, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. He also will make restitution of $99,264 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Players Health Reimbursement Account Plan

As part of the plea, signed Friday and obtained by DailyMail.com, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. He also will make restitution of $99,264 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Players Health Reimbursement Account Plan

Pro Football Talk was the first to report the plea deal.  

The Justice Department filed charges in December 2019 accusing Portis and nine other retired players of filing $3.9 million in false claims. 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 and is scheduled to be sentenced in October, as well as Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris (C.C.) Brown, James Butler, Fredrick Bennett and Etric Pruitt.   

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.

C.C. BrownEtric PruittJohn Eubanks

Other players who were allegedly involved in the scheme include Ceandris (C.C.) Brown , Etric Pruitt and John Eubanks

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

'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. 

'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, 40, 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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