Former Redskins quarterback Shane Matthews is facing a prison sentence for his part in a conspiracy to commit fraud against military members, veterans and their families, reports the Miami Herald.
Matthews pled guilty to one count of causing a drug to be misbranded and was sentenced to three months in prison for his role in the scam, led by fellow former NFL player Monty Grow.
According to the indictment, Matthews was paid $440,00 for hiring sales representatives to fleece former military members from the TRICARE program, a federally run program that provides healthcare to former military members and their families.
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Grow and his network of sales representatives referred about 700 patients to Patient Care America, which received $40 million from the government program for supplying costly pain and scar creams along with wellness vitamins between 2014 and 2015. For those referrals, PCA paid half of those federal reimbursements to Grow under a contract agreement. With his cut of the taxpayer funds, Grow kept $10 million for himself and paid out the rest in kickbacks to his marketing associates who recruited TRICARE patients. The sales representatives acted as independent contractors, akin to Avon or Mary Kay reps.
Matthews joined the Redskins in 2002 as a free agent, signed by his former college coach at Florida, Steve Spurrier, who had just taken over the head coaching position for the Redskins.
Matthews started seven games, throwing for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was with the Redskins for just one season, with the team finishing 7-9. Matthews spent 14 years in the NFL, playing for six different teams.