WASHINGTON — Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis turned himself into federal authorities on Friday, a day after the U.S. Justice Department officials announced it had filed charges against 10 former players for defrauding the National Football League's health care program.
Portis, 38, turned himself into custody in Charlotte, N.C. He faces charges of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of health care fraud.
The Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan was defrauded by up to $3.9 million by 10 former NFL players, DOJ officials said. Of the money defrauded, $3.4 million was reportedly received by the players.
Portis was one of four players that played for the Redskins that was indicted on charges. He is the most known to Redskins fans, playing seven seasons in Washington.
During his time with the Redskins, Portis rushed for over 1,000 yards for four-seasons between 2004 and 2010, according to NFL statistics. His best season with Washington was arguably in 2005 when he averaged 94 yards per game and 4.3 yards per play.
Portis currently lives in McLean, Virginia, and has worked with the broadcast and media arm of the Redskins organization, serving in a variety of roles on-air and on the radio.
It's not known why Portis was in Charlotte.
As part of the information gathered from the DOJ in a press conference, Portis and the other former players reportedly received payments in the hundreds of thousands of dollars between June 2017 through December 2018.