A former NFL defensive back now living in the Austin area is now facing being drafted by another team--the federal prison system.

 

  Gregory Boyd, a University of Arizona standout in the seventies who played defensive back for the New Orleans Saints, was convicted of failing to pay income taxes in the years between 2004 and 2011, when his annual income topped $150,000 due to his successful real estate development business.

 

  Witnesses testified that Boyd fell for one of those scams that regularly makes the rounds in anti tax groups.  This one as a book called 'Cracking the Code,' which claims that the only people who have to pay federal income tax are people who work for the federal government, who are federal contractors, or have income from investments in federal government securities.

 

  The author of ''Crack the Code' even appeared at Boyd's trial as a witness for the defense.

 

  Jurors ruled that Boyd evaded about $175,000 in federal income taxes.

 

  "Tax crimes cheat not only the government, but also every honest citizen who follows the rules and meets his or her obligations," U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said.

 

  Boyd is now facing nine years in prison when he is sentenced in February.