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The claims were flagged by Cigna as potentially fraudulent and referred to federal investigators. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Playing professional football comes with big paychecks, but also expensive medical bills. As such, the NFL in 2006 established the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, a health benefits plan for former players. And on Thursday, 10 former players were arrested for allegedly defrauding the health care plan. The charges include conspiracy, wire fraud and health care fraud.

Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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