Former NFL player enters guilty plea in Lexington on fraud charges

Posted at 5:57 AM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 05:57:41-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The first of a dozen former NFL players facing health care fraud charges has entered a guilty plea in a Lexington courtroom.

Former wide receiver, Joe Horn, who was best know for his time with the New Orleans Saints, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court on Thursday.

In his plea agreement, he admitted to submitting false claims totaling nearly $150,000 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Plan.

Those claims were initially faxed to a data center in Lexington, which is why the cases are being heard here.

Horn has now been faced with up to 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and reimbursement of the fraudulent charges.

Horn has been scheduled to be sentenced on April 24, 2020.