Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (pictured) and recently released defensive end Charles Grant are suing former New Orleans long snapper Kevin Houser for allegedly swindling them into investing thousands of dollars in a film company as part of a tax-credit scam, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Shockey, who caught the game-winning TD in the Super Bowl, and Grant are just two of nearly two dozen of Houser's former teammates and coaches — a group including Drew Brees, Sean Payton and even Archie Manning — who contributed a total of $1.7 million for what they believed were tax credits for Louisiana Film Studios, which failed soon thereafter. The investors later learned the studio had never applied for the state tax credits, and thus, their money was gone.

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Houser, who graduated from Ohio State with a degree in finance, was cut by the team last season when the incident came to light. At the time, Houser, a licensed securities broker, was the longest tenured Saint at nine seasons. He was signed by Seattle last offseason but was placed on injured reserve in December.

At the time he was cut, he said: "Maybe this could have caused a rift, and if there are any underlying issues out there that people didn't come out and say to me, or that people did not have all the answers to the questions that they had for one reason or another . . . listen, I understand."

Shockey and Grant's lawsuit is a class action suit, as they are acting on behalf of the rest of the investors.

Hosuer's attorney Jimmy Castex said on Monday that his client and his wife were themselves victims of the actions of the studio's former CEO Wayne Read.