ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in an elaborate tax fraud scheme in Orange County.
The former first-round draft
IRS investigators found that the
A return for one athlete, who did not know about the scheme, was nearly $2 million, authorities said.
Mitchell's attorneys argued Mitchell suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a type of brain injury they said he received from playing in the NFL, which recently admitted is linked to pro football.
Mitchell's attorneys had asked that he only receive supervised release so that he could get treatment for CTE.
Mitchell's defense attorneys showed a two-hour documentary about brain injuries and the NFL to bolster their argument.
Prosecutors argued none of the men in the video committed any fraud because of their brain injuries.
The NFL recently agreed to pay $220 million for NFL players to be evaluated for
end, the judge did not buy it and sentenced Mitchell to 37 months in a Florida federal prison.