Former New Orleans Saints WR Joe Horn is among the twelve former NFL players recently indicted by the U.S. Justice Department. A criminal complaint has already been filed against ten former players, with Joe Horn and Reche Caldwell likely to be added soon, per the Washington Post.
DOJ’s press conference is now underway, but here’s how the alleged scheme worked https://t.co/kVYgMzPeDQ pic.twitter.com/gF8njtzg1m— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) December 12, 2019
Generally, it appears the allegations are that this group of former players filed for insurance reimbursements for medical expenses which were never actually incurred. It is unclear how intricate the alleged defrauding system was or is, but according to the complaint, players would file falsified or forged documents showing prescriptions or purchases of expensive medical devices, some upwards of $50,000. However, it’s alleged the subject devices were never in fact purchased by the players and the funds were used for unknown purposes.
Former NFL running back Clinton Portis, one of the players included in the original complaint, has already stated via his attorney that he is unaware of any alleged wrongdoing and was as shocked as the public at the announcement of the charges.
The NFL and the the NFLPA were both reportedly aware of the forthcoming charges.