Former Bears Quarterback Finds Himself Heading To Jail

Published February 7, 2018 at 12:43

"The Chicago Bears have had a ton of starting quarterbacks over the past 30 years and a lot of them have been terrible. Jay Cutler solidified the position for a few years when was healthy and now Ryan Pace believes Mitch Trubisky is the long-term solution at the position.
Shane Matthews is one of the mediocre names you see when going through the slog of 80s and 90s Bears quarterbacks. He started 15 games between 1999 and 2001, completing 61.1% of his passes for 3461 yards with 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The next thing Matthews is going to worry about completing is a prison sentence.
Matthews was sentenced to three months in jail for his part in a $20 million heath care fraud scheme in his home state of Florida.
Matthews had a big role in marketing with a company ran by his former college teammate at Florida, Monty Grow, that extorted money from a federal government program that provides medical insurance to veterans of the military. Grow is facing up to 20 years in prison for being the mastermind behind the fraud.
Per the Miami Herald:
«The jury unanimously convicted Grow of a healthcare fraud conspiracy for bilking $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 hundreds of military beneficiaries to the Pompano Beach-based pharmacy, Patient Care America, as well as of money laundering.»
Matthews was paid about $440,000 since early 2015 by TRICARE for acquiring sales representatives.
«I deeply regret getting involved with Mr. Grow's business,» Matthews said in a written statement. «My biggest mistake was not asking more questions in regards to his business practices. I have learned a valuable lesson in the importance of prudent decision making. Going forward, I will be sure to share this experience with the young men I coach so that they might avoid the pitfalls of a mistake this costly.
I accept full responsibility for my role in this operation. The punishment of a brief incarceration pales in comparison to the embarrassment this has caused me, my family, my friends, my team, and the Gator Nation. For letting down all those who have supported me over the years, I offer my sincerest apologies.»"

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