SHELTON, Conn. — A Seymour dad was arrested today for hiring a man to falsely accuse his 20-year-old daughter’s boyfriend of armed robbery so the boyfriend would go to jail, police said.
On July 13, Philip Prokop, 47, and his mother paid 20-year-old Thomas Owen cash and drove him to the Shelton Police Department, where he filed an armed robbery complaint against the boyfriend, who lives in Shelton, police said.
Owen told officers he was robbed at knifepoint by the boyfriend, giving a sworn written statement and picking the boyfriend out of a lineup, police said.
Shelton detectives investigated the claim and learned of Prokop was upset because his daughter was dating the accused Shelton man and came up with the plan to have him arrested, police said.
Prokop was arrested in 2012 for a similar incident in which he paid people to beat up his daughter’s juvenile enemies.
On Thursday, he was charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit/giving a statement.
He posted a $5,000 bond and is due to appear in court on Sept. 21.
Police have an active arrest warrant for Owen and additional arrests are expected in this case.
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