Ex-NFL star Clinton Portis sentenced to prison for fraud

Clinton Portis, a former NFL running back, was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement after pleading guilty to cheating a retired players' health care programme.

Portis, a nine-year NFL veteran who played for the Broncos and the Washington Redskins, pled guilty in September to defrauding the programme of nearly $100,000 by filing bogus medical equipment claims.

Former Saints receiver Joe Horn, who was sentenced to three years probation, and former Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter, who was sentenced to ten months in prison, are among the fifteen players who have pled guilty to engaging in the $3.4 million fraud.

According to ESPN, ex-Chiefs receiver Tamarick Vanover will be the next player to be sentenced on Jan. 22.

As part of his guilty plea, Portis agreed to repay the full amount of $99,264. He might have risked a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

The Broncos drafted the University of Miami product in 2002, and he carried for over 3,000 yards in his first two seasons in the league. He was transferred to Washington after the 2003 season, where he enjoyed a great run that included a Second Team All-Pro selection in 2008.