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Chris Zorich to plead guilty to failing to pay taxes

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Former Bears and Redskins defensive lineman Chris Zorich is preparing to plead guilty to four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009, a span when he made more than $1 million, including some income from a charity he founded which continued taking donations even after it stopped doing any charitable work.

Although Zorich could face up to four years in prison, Zorich’s attorney, Matthias Lydon, said he is hoping the judge will not put his client in jail.

He’s been looking forward to the day he could start putting this behind him,” Lydon told the Associated Press.

These federal charges are not Zorich’s only legal troubles. He has also been the subject of a state investigation in Illinois regarding allegations of improper activities by the Chris Zorich Foundation, which stopped doing any charitable work in 2008 but continued soliciting donations into 2010. In 2010 Zorich admitted that he couldn’t account for his charity’s money. According to the Chicago Tribune, Zorich was also paying $3,000 to himself from the charity’s funds every month for rent because the charity was using his home as its office.

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9 Responses to “Chris Zorich to plead guilty to failing to pay taxes”
  1. mazblast says: Mar 8, 2013 8:52 AM

    “He’s been looking forward to the day he could start putting this behind him,” Lydon told the Associated Press.

    Sure he has. That’s lawyer-speak for, “He’s someone who used to be somebody, he used to be popular here in his hometown, he went to Notre Dame (where no one has ever, ever, EVER done anything wrong), and we’re trying to minimize his jail time by portraying him as some kind of victim.”

  2. largent80 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:53 AM

    Loot like a champion.

  3. chc4 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:17 AM

    And to think Notre Dame fans contend their athletes are a cut above everyone elses.

    Knuckleheads.

  4. aheezybaby says: Mar 8, 2013 9:26 AM

    and they said Tank Johnson was a bad guy

  5. larryboodry says: Mar 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    Talented player, but what an idiot off the field.

  6. macwomack says: Mar 8, 2013 11:13 AM

    Isn’t this the guy that was caught stealing toilet paper from the Redskins facility?

  7. obnoxiousDCfan says: Mar 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    When you make a million dollars, you can afford to pay someone to do your taxes for you.

  8. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    I didn’t hear or see nothing

    – Manti Te’o

  9. catquick says: Mar 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    He’s the second ex player who’s life is ruined by the IRS, in a nation founded on a tax revolt. End the income tax. 5% VAT and forgt ll his drudgery that stymies freedom, and everyone is happy and FREE……..FREE FROM GOVERNMENT!!! That’s what the Bill of Rights is supposed to be. Prohibition didn’t work, neither does the income tax. Repeal it now!

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