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Ex-Chicago Bears DT Chris Zorich pleads guilty to tax charges

  • By Associated Press
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CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Chris Zorich has pleaded guilty to tax charges.

Zorich addressed a federal court judge in Chicago on Thursday, saying he chose not to file his taxes "in a timely fashion."

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Prosecutors say the 43-year-old faced four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Over that time, he allegedly made more than $1 million, including income from a charity he founded.

The Chicago native was on the 1988 Notre Dame team that won a national championship. He played for the Bears from 1991 to 1996, and ended his career with the Washington Redskins in 1997.

Zorich must pay $71,000 in back taxes as part of a plea agreement. He is to be sentenced July 12.

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