Hey, who had Freddie Mitchell next up in the former Philly athlete most likely to do jail time pool?
I had Terrell Owens – mostly because he’s close – but Mitchell was holding strong in the number two spot.
Here’s the deal: A grand jury indictment released yesterday and obtained by FOX Philly shows that FredEX did, in fact, fail to deliver (did I bury the pun too far down, or is that just right?).
He managed a company, Chameleon Enterprises LLC (tell me that doesn’t sound slippery), which falsified tax returns for professional athletes.
Mitchell would recruit the athletes – specifically one mentioned in the indictment with the initials "A.G." (QUICK- SOME ATHLETES WITH “A.G.” as their initials– ANTONIO GATES, A.J. GREEN? WHOM?!) – and accept $100,000 in downpayment based on a false claim that his company would obtain millions of dollars in what it knew to be false tax refunds based on false documents it falsified to trick clients into allowing the company to have false claims awarded falsely.
This is a true statement: Mitchell’s company wasn’t very honest.
Basically, Chameleon tricked athletes into paying them a downpayment so they could falsify tax refunds on their behalf. They would even claim that Chameleon paid the client millions in wages and that the IRS had, by extension, withheld millions from those wages, which were now owed to the client in the form of a tax refund.
FOX Philly has more details on the dollar amounts. View the full indictment of Freddie Mitchell here.