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03-07-2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: NFL Off Topic 2012
Oh First Down Freddie:
PHILADELPHIA - Former Philadelphia Eagles player Freddie Mitchell faces federal tax fraud charges for allegedly recruiting professional athletes in a scheme to get false tax returns.
Mitchell and two other people, Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls, face federal charges in the case in Florida, in an indictment obtained by Fox 29.
The indictment filed by the U.S. attorney in Orlando, Fla., says a company set up by Mitchell, Chameleon Enterprises, was involved in the alleged scam.
The target of a scheme was a professional athlete with the initials A.G., who investigators said had no knowledge of the scheme, but paid for a firm connected with Mitchell to do his taxes.
According to the indictment, the plan was to file for false federal tax returns electronically.
Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls allegedly filed the tax returns, claiming refunds ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million. The two men also attached false documents to support the refund claims, the indictment says.
The men enlisted Mitchell to recruit professional athletes as tax-return customers.
A meeting was set up with the professional athlete, where Jamie Russ-Walls claimed she was a trained tax preparer who dealt with professional athletes.
Mitchell then took a $100,000 down payment for tax preparations from A.G., and the defendants who file three tax returns to get a $1.2 million refund.
Then, either Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls filed false tax returns without A.G.'s knowledge.
Jamie Russ-Walls was to get $600,000 and Mitchell about $280,000 from the false refund.
In addition, Jamie Russ-Walls or Richard Walls filed false returns for Mitchell's company, Chameleon Enterprises, claiming more than $2 million in refunds.
A second count in the indictment pertains to the filing of false tax returns in the name of A.G.
Bensalem, Pa., police report on the Web site Patch.com said
that Richard A. Walls, 41 and Jamie Russ-Walls, 37, of the 3600 block of Red Lion Road, Philadelphia, were picked up on Sunday on outstanding Federal Fugitive from Justice warrants, and turned over to the Feds.
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