athletic trainer who acted as the ringleader with eight former NFL
players in a scheme to defraud an NFL player trust fund by submitting
false claims for medical benefits
has pleaded guilty, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced
scheme was investigated by the fraud unit of the Texas Department of
Insurance in cooperation with the Harris County District Attorney’s
working together, these players, aided by a trainer who thought he knew
how to game the system, stole from their former teammates,” Ogg said.
“The Texas Department
of Insurance worked hard to expose this scam and get justice for the
Ray, an athletic trainer and owner of Rehab Express, a Galleria-area
rehabilitation facility, created fraudulent invoices claiming to perform
treatments on the
former players from March 7, 2016, to November 2018. He has repaid
$109,305 in restitution and pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony in
exchange for five years deferred adjudication. If he does not
successfully complete the five years of probation, he can
be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Of the eight former NFL players implicated in the scheme, six have pleaded guilty.
cases are being prosecuted by Rick Watson, a special assistant district
attorney assigned by the Texas Department of Insurance to support the
Harris County District
Attorney’s Office Financial Crimes Division.
against health care plans is a rapidly growing problem,” Watson said.
“This plan was created to support former NFL players who are struggling
with health issues,
and these defendants abused a system that is intended to assist those
truly in need.”