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TDI: Former NFL player indicted for over $25,000 in bogus medical claims

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TDI News Release — Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Former NFL player Narond “Roc” Alexander was indicted June 30 for submitting fraudulent health reimbursement claims to a health plan for former NFL players.

The case was led by Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) investigators and prosecutors working with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

An investigation found that Alexander submitted claims for medical treatments he never received totaling more than $25,000.

Alexander allegedly submitted the claims between September 2014 and September 2018 under the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Plan. The Upshaw plan helps pay certain medical care expenses for former NFL players. 

A Bexar County grand jury indicted Alexander and charged him with committing insurance fraud, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said: “Insurance fraud hurts the people who actually need these funds to cover their health care costs, like the NFL players who benefit from this particular fund. This indictment allows us to seek justice on behalf of the NFL players with legitimate claims who rely on these funds.”

The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant District Attorney Nicole Thornbro. Thornbro is a TDI employee who works in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office as a special prosecutor focusing on insurance fraud.

Alexander played for the University of Washington and then in the NFL. He signed with the Denver Broncos in 2004, later playing for the Houston Texans.

You can report suspected insurance fraud by calling 800-252-3439.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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