Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell is going to prison.
Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison in connection with a tax-fraud scheme, CSN Philly reports. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file a false claim.
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Mitchell, 34, was facing up to 10 years in prison. He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence Dec. 6.
Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others schemed to file a false tax return for a professional athlete, identified as "A.G."Mitchell told A.G. he could help him get a bigger tax refund from the IRS. He and two associates then filed a return on behalf of A.G. that contained blatantly false information and sought a refund inflated by $2 million.
Mitchell was on the receiving end of a pass from Donovan McNabb on the play famously known in Philadelphia as the "4th-and-26" play against the Green Bay Packers in the 2003-04 NFC divisional playoff game. It was one of the few memorable catches for the 2001 first-round pick, known more for his mouth than his play.