McCune, 40, pleaded guilty to several charges on August 24. The former linebacker who was on the rosters of Baltimore, Miami and Washington, will be sentenced on November 19.
McCune faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, 10 years for each count of health care fraud, 20 years for each count of wire fraud, and two years for each count of aggravated identity theft.
Portis, 40, and Vanover, 47, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and agreed to pay full restitution to the health plan.
Portis, who reportedly earned more than
$ 43.1 million over his nine-year career with Denver and Washington
, was known for wearing colorful costumes
, wigs and oversized sunglasses in media interviews
. But after retiring with nearly
10,000 rushing yards
, he filed for bankruptcy and became one of a startling number of former NFL players who go broke after their playing careers
Portis is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6.
, chi ha speso five seasons as a kick returner and wide receiver with Kansas City and one with San Diego
, is scheduled to be sentenced on January
They each face a maximum penalty of 10 anni di prigione.
According to the Justice Department news release, Portis and Vanover pleaded guilty two days after a trial against them resulted in a hung jury and a mistrial on certain counts against Vanover. A retrial on the charges against Portis and Vanover had been scheduled to begin Tuesday.
McCune, the third defendant, pleaded guilty to all charges against him on the second day of trial.
CNN has reached out to the attorneys for the three men but has not received any responses.
How the scheme allegedly worked
, which lasted from June
2017 to December
2018, led to over
$ 3.9 million in false and fraudulent claims
, of which the plan paid out more than
$ 3.4 milioni, prosecutors said in 2019
The Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan was established as part of the 2006 collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players’ Associazione.
According to the indictments, the former players submitted phony claims for expensive equipment, including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, ultrasound machines designed for a doctor’s office to conduct women’s health exams, and electromagnetic therapy devices for horses.
The claims were for about $ 40,000 per $ 50,000 ogni, hanno detto i pubblici ministeri. They relied on fabricated invoices, prescriptions and letters of medical necessity, hanno detto i pubblici ministeri.
Inoltre, some defendants recruited other retired players to participate in the scheme in exchange for kickbacks and bribes that ranged from a few thousand dollars to $ 10,000 or more per claim, hanno detto i pubblici ministeri.
McCune and Buckhalter even called the health benefits plan’s phone line and impersonated other players to check on the status of the claims, the Justice Department said in 2019.
Health insurance company Cigna flagged anomalies in the types of claims being filed and referred the fraud to federal investigators, then-Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said.