By: WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 20, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced Monday the arrest of former NFL player Marlon Tarron McCree for insurance fraud totaling nearly $78,000.
Officials say in April of this past year, a referral was submitted by Cigna Insurance to the states' Bureau of Insurance Fraud indicating McCree submitted fraudulent doctor's certificates and letters to the Gene Upshaw Health Reimbursement Account for the purpose of defrauding the fund.
Patronis' office says Cigna reported a total of $77,950.28 worth of claim submissions being made by McCree to his HRA account and a total of $31,579.52 had been paid by Cigna prior to the fraudulent activity being discovered.
Authorities say the investigation revealed McCree created fraudulent invoices, listing All Smiles Dental in Jacksonville. According to records from All Smiles Dental, McCree was not, nor had ever, been a patient of the practice.
Officials say, if convicted on all charges, McCree could face up to 30 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and costs honest Floridians millions of dollars every year," said CFO Patronis. "Just last year, our dedicated fraud detectives arrested nearly 1,000 individuals and recovered nearly $80 million in insurance fraud related restitution. My office will remain committed to bringing these criminals to justice and protecting your money."
McCree spent eight years in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. He was a seventh-round draft pick by Jacksonville in the 2001 NFL Draft out of the University of Kentucky.