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Ex-Eagle "Fred-Ex" Pleads Guilty in Tax Scheme

4th-and-26 receiver pleads guilty in Fla. courtroom

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    Fred Ex pleaded guilty Friday.

    Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has admitted to his role in a tax-fraud scheme.

    Mitchell pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Fla., 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, known as “Fred Ex” or the “People’s Champ” during his four-year stint with the Birds, and two others concocted a scheme that involved filing a false tax return on behalf of another professional athlete.

    They say Mitchell told the athlete, only identified as “A.G.,” that he could help him get a bigger tax refund from the IRS.

    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.

    Mitchell is remembered best for his 4th-and-26 grab late in an Eagles win over the Packers during a 2004 playoff game.