Transcript for Former pro football players charged with health care fraud scheme
And next this evening, the former NFL players accused of scamming a health care plan out of millions. Ten players, including some high profile nows now charged in the scheme to defraud a health care program set up to help their former colleagues what they said they were buying, but never did. Here's ABC's chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas tonight. Reporter: Former NFL star running back Clinton Portis, who earned more than $40 million in his career, before falling on hard financial times, now accused of health care fraud. Portis, along with nine other former NFL players, including former pro bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers, named today in a sweeping indictment charging them with conspiracies to steal money from the NFL's health care program for retirees. More than $3.9 million in phony claims were submitted to the plan. Reporter: Prosecutors say the former NFL players submitted claims for equipment never actually purchased, ranging from expensive oxygen chambers to ultrasound machines. The FBI will not tolerate stealing money meant for health care, no matter who's involved. Reporter: Portis' attorney says today's indictment came as a complete shock to him and that he's vowing to fight the charges and clear his name. Pierre Thomas with us tonight, as well, thank you.
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