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.