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Former NFL football player sentenced to 5 years in prison after being named Ring Leader in Health Insurance Scam

Robert McCune the former Cleveland Browns linebacker will be spending the next several years of his life in prison. According to multiple reports, The former NFL standout received a five-year prison sentence for his “ring leader” role in a health care scheme.

McCune reportedly orchestrated a nationwide scheme to defraud a health care benefit program for retired NFL players. McCune was reportedly defrauding the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan.

According to the court documents, there were 13 other football players involved and they have all been 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.

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