Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn has pleaded guilty for his part in a scheme that tips off a health care program that covers reimbursed medical expenses for retired players.
Horn was in front of a judge in Kentucky on Thursday and pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to commit health care fraud after admitting that he received $149,775 for fake claims submitted in 2018.”
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He’s facing up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000. However, Horn agreed to a plea that that could give him a lighter sentence since he’s cooperating with the authorities.
The health plan included tax-free reimbursements for out-of-pocket medical costs not covered by insurance for former players, spouses and dependents. According to court records, Horn and nine other players submitted fake claims to the administrator, Cigna, which paid out $3.4 million between June 2017 and December 2018.
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