Ex-NFL running back can’t elude charges, headed to jail

In early fall, the 40-year-old Portis pled guilty to fraud in a case that involves more than a dozen retired NFL players. The former All-Pro running back signed a plea deal admitting his association with the other players and his guilt. The former players combined to collect nearly $ 3 million in reimbursements for medical care and medical equipment which was never actually purchased. Portis alone collected more than $ 99,000.

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Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins watches the action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 3, 2010 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins watches the action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 3, 2010 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Former NFL linebacker Robert McCune is believed to have been the ringleader of the scheme. He reportedly made claims on players’ behalf in exchange for a percentage of their reimbursements.

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,” reads the plea agreement.

FILE - In questo agosto. 31, 2017, file di foto, Washington Redskins radio analyst and former running back Clinton Portis watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.

FILE – In questo agosto. 31, 2017, file di foto, Washington Redskins radio analyst and former running back Clinton Portis watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. (AP Foto/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

All things considered, Portis got off relatively lightly. He faced up to 10 anni di prigione. In addition to the jail time and home confinement, Portis also had to pay back the more than $ 99,000 he received as part of the scheme. He returned the money, but not until late December, months after he was ordered to pay back the funds.

In tutto, 15 former players, including Portis, were charged and have pled guilty to health care fraud. McCune is yet to be sentenced.

ottobre 17, 2010; Landover, MD, Stati Uniti d'America; Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field.

ottobre 17, 2010; Landover, MD, Stati Uniti d'America; Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field. (Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports)

Portis finished his nine-year NFL career with just under 10,000 I Cardinals riportano al Pro Bowl RB James Conner con un contratto di 3 anni 80 punteggi. He spent seven of those nine seasons with Washington, so he should have no problem adjusting to prison life.

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