Chiefs alumni among NFL retirees indicted for fraud

December 12, 2019 - 5:21 pm

Twelve former NFL players are accused of fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims to the league's retiree health care plan. 

Among the men charged is Tamarick Vanover, a wide receiver and kick returner with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1995 to 1999, and Joe Horn, a wide receiver with the Chiefs from 1996 to 1999. Horn's most productive years were with the New Orleans Saints, and he also played a season for the Atlanta Falcons.

Under the alleged scheme, more than $3.9 million in false and fraudulent claims were filed. The healthcare plan paid out more than $3.4 million, according to prosecutors. The fraudulent claims were allegedly filed in 2017 and 2018. 

"Ten former NFL players allegedly committed a brazen, multi-million dollar fraud on a health care plan meant to help their former teammates and other retired players pay legitimate, out-of-pocket medical expenses," said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski. 

Two other people were indicted later.

Some of the claims were for expensive medical equipment that was never delivered or received. 

Aside from Vanover and Horn, the other defendants include:

Clinton Portis, running back, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos
Robert McCune, linebacker, Washington
John Eubanks, cornerback, Washington
Ceandris "C.C." Brown, safety, Houston Texans
James Butler, safety, New York Giants and St. Louis Rams
Fredrick Bennett, defensive back, Houston
Correll Buckhalter, running back, Philadelphia Eagles

Etric Pruitt, defensive back, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks
Carlos Rogers, cornerback, Washington and San Francisco 49ers

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