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Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Mix admits felony tax fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ron Mix faces up to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty in Missouri to a felony tax-fraud charge.

The Kansas City Star reported that Mix agreed to pay nearly $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service under his guilty plea Monday to one count of making false statements in a tax return.

Authorities say Mix, 78, was a San Diego-area lawyer who illegally paid a non-lawyer for referrals on clients and donated about $155,000 over three years to a charity operated by that person. Prosecutors say Mix then claimed those payments as charitable deductions.

Mix was enshrined in 1979 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He spent 11 seasons as an offensive lineman with the Chargers and Raiders.