Jazz assistant coach Keyon Dooling has been placed on administrative leave after being charged in a fraud case involving the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, according to Larry Neumeister and Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.
The former NBA player and former National Basketball Players Association vice president was arrested Wednesday and added to a criminal case in which 18 former NBA players were charged with illegally pocketing millions of dollars by defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan.
The Jazz said Dooling made the club aware of the indictment Wednesday morning, and he was placed on paid administrative leave by the team.
“It is a case concerning his time at the National Basketball Players Association, prior to him joining our organization,” the Jazz said in a statement. “… Due to the ongoing legal process, we will refrain from further comment.”
Dooling, officials said, “allegedly engaged in the scheme and recruited other co-conspirators to join the scheme.”
The Jazz play Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Thursday.
He spent parts of 13 seasons in the NBA as a member of seven different teams.
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