If there is one former player who has punished himself over the years more than most, that man has to be former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress.
The former New York star has endured his fair share of adversity, most of which he has well and truly brought on himself.
Burress infamously shot himself in a nightclub with an unlicensed gun, an incident that led to him ending up in prison, and today Burress made the headlines again after his latest alleged error of judgement.
Authorities explained today that the former NFL star has been indicted on charges of failing to pay $47,903 in income taxes. He faces one count of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer, and one count of wilful failure to pay state tax.
"Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has been indicted on charges he failed to pay $47,903 in New Jersey income taxes, authorities said Thursday," NJ.com reported.
"Burress, 37, of Totowa, faces one count of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer, and one count of wilful failure to pay state tax. Both are third-degree charges that carry a maximum penalty of five years in state prison and a $15,000 fine."
It is said that Burress found himself in trouble when an electronic payment failed and then he in turn failed to respond to calls from The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services.
"The indictment against Burress was handed up April 22 in Mercer County, where the state's Division of Taxation is based. Authorities said the case against Burress is the first prosecution under a new N.J. law that makes a failed electronic funds transfer the same as a writing a bad check.
"Burress filed his 2013 income tax return with the New Jersey Division of Taxation on Oct. 20, 2014, but the electronic payment to cover the $47,903 he owed did not go through, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services alerted Burress, but received no response, authorities said."
It turns out that the maximum penalty for Burress's alleged crime is five years in prison.
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