- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 12, 2019

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis and nine other retired players were charged with defrauding the NFL’s health care benefits plan by the Justice Department, according to documents unsealed Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted the group for allegedly orchestrating a scheme that submitted false claims in order to receive $3.4 million in reimbursement for medical equipment. The players filed almost $4 million in the claims.

The Justice Department accused the group of fabricated documents and also executing a series of bribes and kickbacks to recruit others in their scheme.

Along with Portis, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamrick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Fredrick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter, Etric Pruitt and Carlos Rogers were charged in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Of the players, Rogers, a former cornerback, also played with the Redskins.

The scheme allegedly lasted from June 2017 to December 2018.

Portis played for the Redskins for seven seasons from 2004 to 2010.

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