|Mitchell has been indicted on tax fraud charges. (US Presswire)|
For as much as he liked to talk -- and talk trash -- former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell had a pedestrian* four-year career. He accumulated 90 catches and 1,263 yards and five touchdowns. Which would have been good for one season. But not so impressive when it’s spread out over four seasons.
Since then, we’ve seen him pop up on a reality TV show (unfortunately, he didn’t find love on “Millionaire Matchmaker”) and on police rap sheets (he’s been the subject of a drug charge and has been in trouble for an apparent lack of child support payments).
Now, Mitchell has got trouble with the IRS, as My Fox Philly reports that Mitchell has been indicted on federal tax fraud charges in Orlando. Mitchell allegedly recruited a pro athlete for a scheme to obtain false tax returns for two other co-conspirators who apparently claimed tax refunds ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million.
Allegedly, Mitchell recruited a pro athlete with the initials A.G., who paid a firm connected with Mitchell to do his taxes. That athlete, who had no knowledge of the scheme, paid Mitchell $100,000 for tax preparations with the thought he would receive a $1.2 million tax refund.
Instead, Mitchell’s alleged co-conspirators filed false tax returns without A.G. knowing about it.
*He was so unimpressive that Bill Belichick once said he was happy to face off against the Eagles when Mitchell was in the game because he was so bad.
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