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Ex-NFL player Carlos Rogers pleads guilty in fraud scheme

Wed Dec 2 5:39pm ET

FILE- This is a 2014 file photo shows Carlos Rogers of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team. Rogers pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in federal court in Lexington, Ky., to one charge of conspiring to defraud a program set up to reimburse former players for out-of-pocket medical expenses, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. (AP Photo/File)


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A 12th former NFL player has admitted to participating in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league's health care benefit program.

Former Washington Football Team and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Lexington, Kentucky, to one charge of conspiring to defraud a program set up to reimburse former players for out-of-pocket medical expenses, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. It provides tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses that were not covered by insurance and that were incurred by former players, their spouses and dependents.

Indictments say a group of former players defrauded the plan by submitting false claims for expensive medical equipment, including devices used on horses. In reality, they had never purchased or received the medical equipment, prosecutors said.

The charges were consolidated in Kentucky because the fraudulent claims were processed through an insurance data center in Lexington. authorities said.

In his plea agreement, Rogers admitted to helping recruit other former players to join the scheme and provided identifying information about them to others to use in claims.

Rogers played 10 seasons in the NFL and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2011 while he was with the 49ers. He also played for the then-Oakland Raiders. Rogers is set to be sentenced in March.

Ceandris Brown, the only former player who has been sentenced for the scheme so far, has been ordered to serve about a year in jail and must pay more than $84,000 in restitution to the health fund.

Three other former players, including ex-Washington running back Clinton Portis, are scheduled for trial in April after they pleaded not guilty.

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T.J. Hockenson Dec 2 5:50pm ET

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D'Andre Swift Dec 2 5:40pm ET

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Anthony Miller Dec 2 5:30pm ET

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Jimmy Graham Dec 2 5:30pm ET

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David Montgomery Dec 2 5:20pm ET

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Allen Robinson Dec 2 5:20pm ET

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Mitch Trubisky Dec 2 5:00pm ET

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Mitch Trubisky Dec 2 4:50pm ET

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Jonnu Smith Dec 2 4:43pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check on Smith's status later in the week to see if he will be able to play in the Week 13 game. He has not been a big factor in the passing game over the last several games and can be benched if better options are available.

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Adam Humphries Dec 2 4:43pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Humphries appears to have a good chance to play in the Week 13 game, but more will be known later in the week. He probably would see a few targets if he plays his week but can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

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Denver Broncos Dec 2 4:40pm ET

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Clelin Ferrell Dec 2 4:30pm ET

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