LEXINGTON, Ky. – A 12th former NFL player has admitted participating in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud the league’s healthcare program.
Former Washington Football Team and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers pleaded guilty to federal court in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday on a conspiracy charge to defraud a program set up to reimburse former players for their own medical expenses, the Lexington Herald- Leader reported.
Prosecutors allege the players had attacked the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. It provides a tax-free reimbursement of medical care expenses not covered by insurance and incurred by former players, their spouses and dependents.
According to charges, a group of former players cheated on the plan by making false claims for expensive medical equipment, including devices used on horses. In reality, they had never bought or received the medical equipment, prosecutors said.
The charges were consolidated in Kentucky as the fraudulent claims were processed through an insurance data center in Lexington. authorities said.
In his plea deal, Rogers admitted helping recruit other former players to join the plan and providing identifying information about them to others to use in claims.
Rogers played for 10 seasons in the NFL and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2011 while with the 49ers. He will be sentenced in March.
Ceandris Brown, the only former player so far convicted of the plan, has been jailed for about a year and has to pay more than $ 84,000 in restitution to the health fund.
Three other former players, including ex-Denver Broncos walking back Clinton Portis, are scheduled for trial in April after pleading not guilty.