The Department of Justice is accusing ten former NFL players of submitting false claims for medical equipment, including some for treating horses and pregnant women.
The Eastern District of Kentucky is claiming the players filed the claims seeking reimbursements on three-point-nine-million-dollars worth of medical equipment that they never actually bought.
The biggest named player was former Washington and Denver running back Clinton Portis. Prosecutors also claim that some of the players operated as ringleaders. They recruited new players to participate in the scheme and took a kickback in exchange.
Aside from Portis, the defendants include:
- 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.