Today, January 6, 2021, Former Washington running back Clinton Portis, 40, was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison as well as 6 months of home detention after pleading guilty in September to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He is one amongst the dozens of ex-NFL players who were involved in this scheme.
“Portis knew the claims McCune submitted on his behalf were false and fraudulent or was aware of a high probability that that the claims McCune submitted on his behalf were false and fraudulent and deliberately ignored that fact,” Clinton Portis’ plea agreement read.
The plea agreement was recently signed where Portis confessed to participating in this scheme to file fraudulent reimbursement claims with the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. This allowed the players to receive money for out-of-pocket medical care that is not covered by insurance.
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Portis played in the NFL for 9 seasons (2002-2010) and received $99,264 in reimbursement claims on equipment he never purchased. This crime has a maximum penalty of 10 years. Portis will report to prison in March.