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Football legend from Pascagoula is going to jail for his part in healthcare fraud scheme

Former Pascagoula quarterback Shane Matthews played for 14 years in the NFL, including a stint with the Washington Redskins.
Former Pascagoula quarterback Shane Matthews played for 14 years in the NFL, including a stint with the Washington Redskins. TNS file photo

A former Pascagoula and University of Florida football legend was sentenced to three months in prison last week for his involvement in a $20 million healthcare fraud conspiracy orchestrated by a former Florida teammate.

The Miami Herald reported Monday that Shane Matthews, who played for 14 years in the NFL, was handed the prison sentence for his role in an independent marketing company employed by former Florida teammate Monty Grow.

Grow was convicted Monday in Miami of a healthcare fraud conspiracy that took $20 million from the TRICARE program for military members, veterans and their families. He was also convicted of conspiring to receive and pay kickbacks for referring military beneficiaries to Patient Care America, a pharmacy based in Pompano, Florida, and money laundering.

Grow faces up to 20 years in prison with his sentencing hearing set for April 16.

Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald writes that Grow was accused in a 49-count indictment of hiring an independent marketing team, which included Matthews, in the conspiracy to bilk millions of dollars from the TRICARE program.

Matthews was paid $440,000 for lining up sales representatives who then delivered TRICARE patients for the pharmacy.

To read more of the Miami Herald's report, click here.

Matthews played his junior and senior seasons at Pascagoula High School, helping lead the Panthers to the 1987 Class 5A state championship. He signed with Florida and was a First-Team All-SEC selection three times from 1990-92. In 1991, he finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

During an NFL career that lasted from 1993-2006, Matthews played for the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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