Former NFL player facing up to 20 years in prison for healthcare fraud conspiracy

By Jesse Reed

Former NFL cornerback Monty Grow is facing up to 20 years in prison for his role as the ringleader in a healthcare fraud conspiracy that took $20 million from TRICARE, a program that serves military members, veterans and their families.

After testifying that he did not buying and selling patients for a pharmacy, Grow’s jury unanimously convicted him of a healthcare fraud conspiracy, along with “conspiring to receive and pay kickbacks for referring hundreds of military beneficiaries to the Pompano Beach-based pharmacy, Patient Care America, as well as of money laundering,” per Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald.

Grow was ordered to be taken into custody immediately by U.S. marshals due to the amount of money involved in the scheme.

His attorneys, Daniel Rashmaum and Jeffrey Marcus issued the following statement after the verdict was reached.

“We are disappointed with the verdict. We think that the acquittal on more than half of the counts after four days of deliberation is inconsistent with the result and makes little sense. We will continue to fight for Mr. Grow, who is an innocent man.”

Grow is a former University of Florida player who spent three years in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Another former NFL player, Shane Matthews, was sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty one count of causing a drug to be misbranded, per the Florida Times-Union.