ORLANDO, Fla. -- A federal judge in Florida sentenced a former NFL player to more than three years in prison for his involvement in a tax fraud scheme.
His attorney, Rick Jancha, said Tuesday that Mitchell was sentenced to 37 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faced a maximum 10 years in prison. His sentence begins Dec. 6.
Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others schemed to file a false tax return for another professional athlete.
The 34-year-old Mitchell told the athlete, only identified as "A.G.," that he could help him get a bigger tax refund from the IRS. He and two associates then filed a return on behalf of A.G. that contained blatantly false information.