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Old 03-07-2012, 01:03 PM   #8
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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.
A Bensalem, Pa., police report on the Web site 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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