Ex-Eagle Will James sentenced to prison on tax charge

Ex-Eagle Will James sentenced to prison on tax charge
January 31, 2013, 5:00 pm
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CAMDEN, N.J. -- Former Eagles cornerback William James has received a seven-month prison sentence for failing to file a federal income tax return for 2005, when he earned $5.5 million.

James, 33, of Brownsville, Pa., was formerly known as William J. Peterson. He had already spent four months in custody, leaving him with three months to serve.

James played in the NFL from 2001 to 2010. He spent five seasons with the New York Giants, two with the Eagles and one each with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.

A judge in Camden, N.J., on Thursday ordered him to file back returns and pay back taxes and penalties totaling $470,000. He had been accused of not filing returns from 2005 to 2009.

His attorney said James suffered from post-concussion syndrome that left him mentally impaired.

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