Two former NFL players have been convicted for their roles in a health-care fraud scheme that made millions of dollars. Now one of the individuals, Monty Grow, could be facing 20 years behind bars.
Monty Grow, a former NFLer who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs, could be handed up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of fraud, kickback, and money laundering. He bilked the federal government’s TRICARE medical insurance program that covers military veterans and their families.
Grow was initially hit with 49 indictments. The jury had to decide whether Grow intentionally defrauded TRICARE or was simply paid generous commissions by Patient Care America, a Florida pharmacy, for referring TRICARE patients.
Grow is said to have made approximately $20.0 million in less than a year.
On February 5, 2018, Grow was found guilty of defrauding TRICARE and conspiring to receive and pay kickbacks for referring hundreds to Patient Care America. But he was acquitted of several other related charges.
A sentencing hearing has been set for April 16. Since the fraud generated so much money, U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno ordered that Grow be taken into custody immediately.
“We are disappointed with the verdict,” said Grow’s defense attorneys, Daniel Rashbaum and Jeffrey Marcus, who plan to appeal. “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.”
Monty Grow Not the Only Former NFLer Involved in the Scheme
One individual who worked under Monty Grow was Shane Matthews, who played professionally in the NFL for 14 seasons.
Matthews pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mis-branding a drug while held for sale. He was sentenced to three months in prison and must pay back the $439,765 he made while working with Grow.
Matthews maintains that he believed he was a legitimate medical sales representative.
“He feels like he was duped and misled by his former football teammate,” defense attorney Tim Jansen said of Matthews. “He believed everything he did was legitimate. He cooperated immediately and offered to pay back everything in full.”
Matthews must report to a federal facility near Gainesville, Florida by June 1. Once released, he will be under home detention for three months, pay a fee of $100.00, and complete 50 hours of community service.