(LONDON INDEPENDENT) Federal prosecutors have charged 10 former National Football League players in a "brazen" health care fraud scheme that collected millions of dollars from a program meant to support out-of-pocket expenses for retired players falling on hard times.
According to the Department of Justice, the players filed nearly $4m in false and fraudulent claims to the plan between June 2017 and December 2018 for expensive medical equipment that was never purchased or received, including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines meant for women's health examinations, and electromagnetic therapy devices designed for use on horses.
Phony claims ranged from $40,000 and $50,000. The plan paid out more than $3.4m from the claims they submitted.
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