3 guilty of fraud in Las Vegas tax product case

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Updated: 5/29/2014 6:12 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas found three men guilty of using a Nevada company called the National Audit Defense Network to promote a product called Tax Break 2000 to defraud the government of tax revenue.

Former casino owner Alan Rodrigues of Henderson, former Las Vegas businessman Weston Coolidge and former National Football League punter Joseph Prokop, from Upland, California, were found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and mail fraud.

Rodrigues and Coolidge also were convicted of 15 counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.

Prokop was convicted of 13 false tax return preparation counts.

The verdicts came after a six-week trial.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du allowed all three men to remain free pending sentencing Sept. 3.


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