Ex-NFL Player Jailed 37 Months For $2M Tax Fraud Scheme

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT) -- Controversial former NFL player Freddie Mitchell will serve 37 months in prison for his role in the filing of more than $2 million in false tax refunds for clients including NBA player Drew Gooden, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The 2000 All-American wide receiver and 2001 first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles was enlisted by co-defendants Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls to recruit athletes to become clients for their tax return service. That service then fabricated documents to make false claims about wages, withholdings...
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