Football Player Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Posted on Feb 20, 2013

Given his union contract, you’d think the average NFL football player would be happy to pay taxes on even his “minimum” salary. That may be why former New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback William “Bruiser” James isn’t getting much sympathy from the federal government, which claims he owes taxes on a whopping $9.2 million of undeclared income.

According to Passaic Valley Today, James failed to file income taxes for the years 2005 and 2009, against the advice of both his accountant and financial manager, who “repeatedly” asked him for information so they could fill out the necessary documents.

The IRS did its best to make James aware of the situation. According to the story, “Between March 2007 and December 2009, the Internal Revenue Service sent approximately 20 notices to James at his home regarding his failure to file his 2005 through 2008 tax returns… between March 2008 and August 2009, IRS employees wrote certified letters to defendant James regarding his failure to file tax returns and visited his home several times to hand deliver such notices and to advise defendant James that he was obligated to file tax returns.”

Since James couldn’t exactly plead ignorance for failing to file his taxes, he had no choice but to appear in U.S. district court in May and enter a guilty plea. The former cornerback wound up being sentenced in January 2013 to seven months in federal prison, which may well put the kibosh on any comeback plans!

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