Ex-NFL Punter, 2 Others Accused in Tax Fraud Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say a former pro football player from California and two Las Vegas-area businessmen face conspiracy and fraud charges in a scheme to help people use the Americans with
Disabilities Act to avoid paying federal income taxes.

A U.S. attorney's spokeswoman in Las Vegas says 48-year-old Joseph Prokop of Upland, Calif., is due Friday in federal court in Los Angeles. Prokop was a punter for several NFL teams from 1985 to 1992.

Spokeswoman Natalie Collins says 49-year-old Alan Rodrigues of Henderson was arraigned Thursday in federal court in Las Vegas and
released pending trial.

An arrest warrant is pending for Weston Coolidge.

An indictment alleges the men's business, National Audit Defense Network, sold a product called Tax Break 2000 that let people improperly claim income tax credits and deductions.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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