Football Hall of Famer Admits Tax Fraud
Former Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Ron Mix has taken a big hit from the IRS.
The 78-year-old was a 9-time All Star who played in the ’60s and early ’70s. He took a year off in 1970 and earned a law degree from the University of San Diego.
When he retired from the game, Mix practiced law and the majority of his cases involved retired athletes with workers’ compensation cases.
He got into trouble when he paid out $150,000 over 3 years for referrals to a non-lawyer via a charity they operated. According to prosecutors, Mix then claimed these payments as charitable deductions.
He has admitted guilt and agreed to pay nearly $50,000 to the IRS to one count of making false statements in a tax return. Mix faces up to 3 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud.