Last week, former Florida quarterback Shane Matthews was sentenced to three months in prison for his role in a pharmaceutical conspiracy scheme headed by former Gators linebacker Monty Grow.
The Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver detailed the story on Monday, as Grow was unanimously convicted of healthcare fraud by a jury in Miami. Grow was convicted of “bilking $20 million from the TRICARE program for military members, veterans, and their families.” Grow was also convicted of money laundering in addition to conspiring to receive kickbacks for referring up to 700 military patients to the South Florida-based pharmacy, Patient Care America.
Grow will be sentenced on April 16.
Matthews’ role was in plans to fleece TRICARE. Matthews was paid $440,000 for “lining up sales representatives who then landed TRICARE patients for [Patient Care America]”.
Matthews must begin his sentence by June (must surrender no later than noon, June 1) and will be required to pay $439,000 in restitution according to Kevin Brockway of Gatorsports.com.
Matthews threw for more than 9,000 yards and 74 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida from 1990-92 and was the SEC Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. Matthews was ruled ineligible for the 1989 season after admitting to gambling on college football games.
Matthews went on to play professionally for the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, and the Buffalo Bills. He threw for 4,756 yards and 31 touchdowns in the NFL.
Matthews is an assistant coach for Gainesville High School and co-hosts a morning radio show on WRUF-Gainesville with former Gators RB Brady Ackerman. Matthews was on the air on Monday.