Fmr. Eagle Freddie Mitchell pleads guilty in tax scheme

March 8, 2013 12:37:50 PM PST
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando for his part in a tax-fraud scheme.

Mitchell pleaded guilty 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.

Mitchell allegedly told the athlete, only identified as "A.G.," that he could help him get a bigger tax refund from the I.R.S.

Prosecutors say 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.