This is just not a good week to be a washed-up, increasingly irrelevant sports star. First Dykstra gets three years in the slammer for filing false financial statement and now Freddie Mitchell has been charged with tax fraud. Who would have thought professional athletes could make such disastrous financial decisions?
FredEx allegedly took part in a scam that duped an anonymous pro-athlete (with the initials A.G.) out of $100,000. Since I still don’t know how to do my own taxes, I’ll defer to a more knowledgeable source for the details, Fox Sports:
The target of the alleged scheme was a professional athlete with the initials A.G., who investigators said had no knowledge of the scam, but paid for a firm connected with Mitchell to do his taxes.
According to the indictment, the plan was to file false federal tax returns electronically.
Russ-Walls and Walls allegedly filed the returns, claiming refunds ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million. The two men also attached false documents to support the refund claims, according to the indictment.
The incomparable Howard Eskin has since spoken with Mitchell, tweeting this to his followers earlier today.
There’s no word yet on a possible sentence if Freddie gets convicted, but many outlets are reporting that he could receive jail time for his crime. Either way, we’re going to be looking at the world’s longest court case and/or post-jail-release celebration sometime in the near future.
Source: Fox Sports