Investment Litigation

Former NFL Player Charged in False Tax Return Scheme

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate.

Former outspoken Philadelphia Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell has been indicted on federal tax fraud charges. Fox Philly first reported news of the IRS charges. Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls allegedly recruited Mitchell to procure professional athletes as tax return customers. An athlete only identified by the initials A.G. paid Mitchell $100,000 for tax preparations. A.G. believed he would receive a $1.2 million tax refund. He was unaware the men planned on profiting by filing a false tax return. The firm also  allegedly filed forged documents to support the false refund claim. The conspirators are additionally being charged with filing a false refund for Mitchell’s Company Chamelon Enterprise. The claim is they wrongfully claimed more than $2 million in refunds.

Federal charges are not the first time Mitchell has made news following his NFL career. He has been charged with drug offenses and lack of child support payments. Mitchell had a brief stint on Bravo’s reality show Millionaire Matchmaker. Now, it appears especially unfortunate he did not win.