According to a source, three former NFL players were punished on Monday for their roles in cheating the league’s retired athletes’ health care program.
According to the Lexington Herald-Ledger, Correll Buckhalter, a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, received the harshest penalty of ten months in prison followed by the same number of months of home arrest.
US District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced the other two ex-players, Anthony Montgomery and Darrell Reid, to ten months of house arrest.
The trio had pleaded guilty to health-care fraud conspiracy. They are among a group of 15 athletes who have entered guilty pleas in the case.
The players defrauded the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan by filing false claims for expensive medical equipment that they never got, then receiving reimbursement from the fund.
According to prosecutors, the athletes submitted more than $3.9 million in bogus claims.
Buckhalter, for his part, made nearly $121,000 off the false claims, according to court records obtained by the Associated Press.
According to court papers, Montgomery, who played for the Washington Redskins, filed two bogus claims totaling $94,000.
Reid, a former Colts and Broncos player, is also accused of filing two phony claims totaling more than $93,000, according to prosecutors.
According to the article, eight of the players who pled guilty in the case have been sentenced.