Former NFL Star Clinton Portis Sentenced in Fraud Case

Former NFL Star Clinton Portis Sentenced in Fraud Case
Former NFL Star Clinton Portis Sentenced in Fraud Case (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/The Players' Tribune)

Clinton Portis, a former Washington and Denver Broncos running back, was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and 6 months of home confinement for his role in defrauding a retired NFL veterans health care benefit program, according to ESPN.

Portis, 40, pleaded guilty to fraud in September, according to court documents, after supposedly obtaining nearly $100,000 by filing false claims for medical equipment that was never provided.

The Department of Justice stated in a pre-sentence filing Thursday that it sought a sentence at the higher end of the recommended 10-to-16-month guideline, given Portis’ offense.

The DOJ stated that it sought a longer sentence because Portis maintained his innocence throughout his retrial following a hung jury. Additionally, the filing noted that Portis did not repay the plan until shortly before his sentencing.

Portis was a member of a ring of ex players who submitted a total of approximately $2.9 million in bogus reimbursement claims.

The NFL created the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan in 2006 to assist retired players with medical costs. The account provides benefits of up to $350,000 per player.

Fifteen former players have entered plea agreements.

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