CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich pleaded guilty Thursday to federal tax charges, admitting to the judge that he didn’t file “in a timely fashion.”
The 43-year-old faced four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Over that time, he allegedly made more than $1 million, including income from a charity he founded.READ MORE: Doggy Daycare Owner Appalled After State's Attorney Declines To Prosecute State Inspector Jose Guillen, Who Was Caught On Camera Groping Her
The judge asked Zorich if he knew he was wrong not to file the returns.
“Yes, your honor,” Zorich said, wearing a black suit and tie.
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The Chicago native was on the 1988 Notre Dame team that won a national championship. He played for the Bears from 1991 to 1996 and ended his career with the Washington Redskins in 1997.
Zorich must pay $71,000 in back taxes as part of a plea agreement. He is to be sentenced July 12.
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