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Keyon Dooling, former NBPA vice president, was arrested for fraud

Former National Basketball Players Association vice president was detained Wednesday, adding to a criminal case in which 18 former NBA players were accused of unlawfully pocketing millions of dollars via cheating the league’s health and welfare benefit scheme.

The amended indictment included Keyon Dooling in the case, which was first presented in October when federal authorities discovered that a number of former NBA players had collectively collected around $2.5 million from the pension scheme. Dooling was one of three persons added to the indictment Wednesday. He served as a union officer for eight years and eventually became the union’s first vice president. Dooling, who is currently an assistant coach in the Utah Jazz organization, played in the NBA for portions of 13 seasons with seven different clubs.

The Jazz stated in a statement that Dooling informed the club of the indictment Wednesday morning. “This is a lawsuit involving his tenure as a member of the National Basketball Players Association prior to joining our organization. He has been placed on paid administrative leave,” according to the Jazz. “We shall refrain from additional remarks in light of the pending legal proceedings.” Dooling was detained in Utah on Wednesday, authorities said.

Additionally, a doctor and a dentist were included in the indictment as medical practitioners who supported the fraud, according to authorities. According to investigators, Dooling “allegedly participated in the plot and recruited more co-conspirators to participate in the scam.” All were charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in connection with a scheme that allegedly lasted from at least 2017 to 2020. A prosecutor stated in October that each defendant submitted fraudulent statements totaling between $65,000 and $420,000.

According to the new indictment filed Wednesday, Dooling allegedly pocketed around $350,000 in plan revenues. It stated that around $5 million in bogus claims were made in total, albeit claimants did not get as much money.

 

 

Written by Eren Kilic

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