Robert McCune won’t be free to do what he wants for thenext few years after the former Louisville football captain was sentenced to five years imprisonment for his role in defrauding the National Football League’s Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan.
According to the Department of Justice, the 42-year-old former NFL linebacker was sentenced to five years in prison for “orchestrating a nationwide scheme to defraud a health care benefit program for retired NFL players.”
McCune was the alleged ring leader of a scheme that included several former NFL players.
“Court documents show that McCune submitted false and fraudulent claims to the Plan on his own behalf and on behalf of dozens of other former NFL players. Between June 5, 2017, and April 12, 2018, he submitted 68 claims for 51 other players. The claims typically sought reimbursement of $40,000 or more for expensive medical equipment such as hyperbaric oxygen chambers, ultrasound machines and electromagnetic therapy devices. None of the medical equipment described in the claims was ever purchased or received. In total, McCune and his co-conspirators submitted approximately $2.9 million in fraudulent claims to the Plan.
Court documents further show that McCune obtained identifying information for other participants in the Plan, including the player’s name, insurance identification number, social security number, mailing address and/or date of birth. In exchange for submitting the false and fraudulent claims, McCune demanded kickbacks and bribes in the thousands of dollars for each claim submitted.
McCune pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud, 12 counts of health care fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.”
Here are the 13 other defendants sentenced:
- John Eubanks, 38, of Cleveland, Mississippi, was sentenced to 18 months in prison;
- Tamarick Vanover, 47, of Tallahassee, Florida, and Ceandris Brown, 39, of Iowa Colony, Texas, were each sentenced to a year and a day in prison;
- Correll Buckhalter, 43, of Colleyville, Texas, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, followed by 300 days’ home detention;
- Clinton Portis, 40, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by 180 days’ home detention;
- Etric Pruitt, 40, of Theodore, Alabama, was sentenced to three months in prison, followed by 180 days’ home detention;
- James Butler, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to two months in prison, followed by 180 days’ home detention;
- Carlos Rogers, 40, of Alpharetta, Georgia, was sentenced to 180 days’ home detention and 400 hours of community service;
- Anthony Montgomery, 37, of Cleveland, Ohio; Antwan Odom, 40, of Irvington, Alabama; Darrell Reid, 39, of Farmingdale, New Jersey; and Fredrick Bennett, 38, of Port Wentworth, Georgia, were each sentenced to 180 days’ home detention and 240 hours of community service; and
- Joe Horn, 50, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
A fifth-round draft choice by the Washington Redskins, McCune would play for four NFL teams and two in the Canadian Football League.
In 2013, McCune finished the 2013 CFL season as the Argonauts’ team leader in tackles with 99, four of them as quarterback sacks. McCune was unable to play in the playoffs due to an injury.