Corporate Compliance

Former NFL player pleads guilty in $1.3 million Medicaid fraud

Compliance Monitor, May 18, 2005

A former professional football player admitted last week to defrauding Medicaid of $1.3 million through his drug abuse counseling agency, the Associated Press (AP) reported May 12.

Lyman White Jr., who played for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and now faces up to 10 years in federal prison. White is free until his August sentencing, the AP reported.

According to prosecutors in the case, White's company, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Inc., billed Medicaid for thousands of sessions that never took place, the AP reported. White is the fourth person from the counseling firm to plead guilty to healthcare fraud-related charges.

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