Former N.Y. Giants player accused in $1.5 million workers’ comp fraud

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April 12, 2013 2:02pm
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Former New York Giants linebacker Marcus Buckley, 42, of Weatherford, Texas, has been indicted in connection with a $1.5 million scheme to defraud a Sacramento business, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner on Friday.

Also indicted in the same case is Kimberly Jones, 47, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of West Sacramento.

They are charged by a federal grand jury in Sacramento with five counts of wire fraud, and Mr. Buckley was charged additionally with six counts of money laundering.

According to the indictment, Mr. Buckley and Ms. Jones devised a scheme to defraud Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. of more than $1.5 million in connection with disability-related insurance payments. In 2006, Mr. Buckley filed a worker’s compensation claim against the Giants for cumulative stress injuries sustained while playing football, in part, in California.

The Giants had workers’ comp insurance coverage through Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Group.

Ms. Jones was employed as a claims adjuster at Gallagher Bassett in its Sacramento office. Gallagher Bassett was a third-party administrator that managed, among other things, workers’ compensation claims in California on behalf of PMA.

The grand jury contends the following: In November 2010, Mr. Buckley, the Giants, and PMA settled his claim for $300,000. After his claims had been settled, however, between late 2010 and June 2011, Mr. Buckley prepared false invoices and statements from medical providers for medical services purportedly provided to him from 1999 through 2003. He also prepared false and fictitious credit collection notices from collection agencies purportedly seeking payment for past due medical bills, with services dates from 1999 through 2010. Mr. Buckley sent the faked invoices, statements and credit collection letters to Ms. Jones who had Gallagher Bassett checks made payable to Mr. Buckley.

In total, Mr. Buckley received more than $1,588,000 to which he was not entitled, and used it for various personal expenses, the indictment says.

If convicted, they face a maximum statutory penalty for each count of mail fraud of 20 years in prison and a fine of twice the gain or loss, or approximately $3 million. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of money laundering is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Mr. Buckley was a standout when he played for Texas A&M and was part of the Aggies’ “Wrecking Crew” of the early 1990s.


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