TMZ Former NFL star Freddie Mitchell – who went by the nickname Fred-X during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles — has just been sentenced to 37 MONTHS in prison for tax crimes, TMZSports has learned. The 34-year-old had previously plead guilty to being part of a tax fraud scheme in which he cheated the federal government out of millions of dollars. Mitchell was facing up to 10 years in prison — but he struck a deal with prosecutors and got off with only 37 months. He’s been ordered to surrender by December 6.
Tough break for Fred-Ex, who tried to use repeated concussions over the course of his NFL career as the reason he had these tax issues, but the judge was not buying it. The good news is, Mitchell is going away for just three years, as opposed to the maximum ten and he will likely be free much sooner than that if he is on his best behavior. In case you don’t remember what Mitchell did:
Philly.com Mitchell’s role in the scheme was to recruit athletes as clients for a tax-return service run by Jamie and Richard Walls. The scheme came to light after he recruited Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden, according to a civil suit. Gooden became friends with Mitchell when both lived in central Florida. Mitchell said the Walls brothers got him a $1 million tax return. Gooden met with the brothers and later wrote a $100,000 check for the return. Mitchell would not give him a copy of the return. It had a fake business loss totaling $5.3 million and falsely claimed a $2 million refund. Gooden did not know the phony return was filed and filed a legal return. But when the Internal Revenue Service got the real return, it had already mailed the $2 million refund to the Walls brothers. Paul Sweeney III, an accountant for Mitchell and a friend, wrote in a letter that Mitchell lost much of his “football fortune” to bad business decisions.