Freddie Mitchell sentenced to 37 months in prison

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Freddie Mitchell sentenced to 37 months in prison
October 29, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Freddie Mitchell played for the Eagles from 2001-04. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in prison for taking part in a tax fraud scheme.

According to his attorney, Rick Jancha, the outspoken Mitchell was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faced a maximum 10 years in prison and begins his sentence Dec. 6.

Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others schemed to file a false tax return for another professional athlete, identified as "A.G."

The 34-year-old Mitchell told A.G. that 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. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the fraudulent return called for an inflated refund of nearly $2 million. 

Selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 2001 draft, Mitchell played four seasons in Philadelphia. He was best known for 4th-and-26, thanking his "hands for being so great" after a playoff victory over Minnesota and trash-talking the Patriots before Super Bowl XXXIX.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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