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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:07 PM

Ex-Saints wide receiver Joe Horn issues apology for role in health care fraud scheme

By Katy Reckdahl

On Saturday, two days after former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to rip off a health care program, he released an apology through his attorney, Robert Beeman.

“In life we are challenged to make choices that may shift or slow the trajectory of our future,” Horn, 47, said in the emailed statement. “Unfortunately, we do not get to determine the consequences of ill-advised decisions.”

Horn appeared before a federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud after admitting that he received $149,775 for fake claims submitted through fake invoices and phony prescriptions in 2018.

He was one of 10 retired NFL players charged by the U.S. Justice Department this month with defrauding the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Plan, which provides tax-free reimbursements to former players and their families for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Read more: https://www.nola.com/news/courts/article_cec3b99c-244d-11ea-b0e0-c3e1c4f649e4.html

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