Former Eagles WR pleads guilty in tax scheme

By MIKE SCHNEIDER - Associated Press
    2013-03-08 14:40

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has admitted to his role in a tax-fraud scheme.

Mitchell pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Fla., Friday to a single count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others concocted a scheme that involved filing a false tax return on behalf of another professional athlete.

They say Mitchell told the athlete, only identified as ``A.G.,'' that he could help him get a bigger tax refund from the IRS.

Mitchell and his two associates filed a return on behalf of A.G. that contained blatantly false information.

A.G. was unaware that the false tax return had been filed.