NEW YORK – Former National Basketball Players Association vice president Keyon Dooling, who is currently an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, was arrested on Wednesday and added to a criminal case in which 18 former NBA players have been charged with illegally pocketing millions of dollars by defrauding the league’s health and welfare plan.
The rewritten indictment added Dooling to the case first filed in October, when federal officials said a number of former NBA players combined to collect about 2.5 million dollars from the benefit plan.
Dooling, who served as union official for eight years and eventually became its first vice president, was among three people added to the indictment on Wednesday. He spent parts of 13 seasons in the NBA as a member of seven different teams.
The Jazz said Dooling informed the club of the indictment on Wednesday morning and was placed on paid administrative leave by the team.
“This is a matter regarding his time with the National Basketball Players Association, prior to joining our organization,” the Jazz said in a statement. “…Due to ongoing legal proceedings, we will refrain from further comment.”
Dooling was arrested in Utah on Wednesday, officials said.
The Jazz will play Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Thursday.
Also added to the indictment were a doctor and a dentist who officials say were medical providers who facilitated the scheme.
Dooling, officials said, “would have engaged in the scheme and recruited other accomplices to join the scheme.”
All have been charged with health care fraud and electronic conspiracy in a fraud that authorities say stretched from at least 2017 to 2020.
In October, a prosecutor said each defendant made false statements ranging from $65,000 to $420,000.
The indictment updated Wednesday says Dooling pocketed about $350,000 of the proceeds of the plan illegally. In total, he said about $5 million in bogus claims were submitted, although claimants did not receive as many products.
Dooling was previously the union’s wellness adviser, helping oversee its mental health and wellness department. He also wrote a book in 2014 about how he dealt with stress after being sexually abused as a child.
“Health is everything,” Dooling said in an interview after the book’s release. “That should be your highest priority, health of all kinds, of mind and body.”