CNN reported that 10 former NFL Players have been charged with committing healthcare fraud by submitting almost $4M in insurance claims for “expensive medical equipment” never purchased. The equipment included “hyperbaric oxygen chambers, ultrasound machines designed for use by a doctor’s office to conduct women’s health examinations, and electromagnetic therapy devices designed for use on horses.” The ill-conceived plan is all the more absurd when one realizes that the money they were making from the scheme would be split 10 ways. We need to narrow the groups of people willing to commit healthcare fraud, not increase it!
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(CNN)Former Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis and other retired NFL players have been charged by a federal grand jury with defrauding the NFL’s health care benefits plan for its retirees, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.
- Portis, the former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos running back;
- 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;
- and Correll Buckhalter, a former Philadelphia Eagles running back.
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