Zorich ordered to pay $71,000 in back taxes
Posted: 03/14/2013 at 3:00 pm
By: Associated Press
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2007 file photo, former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich, is introduced as a 2007 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame at a news conference in New York. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced that Zorich, a former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears player, has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns between 2006 and 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky, File)
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 judge asked Zorich if he knew he was wrong not to file the returns.
“Yes, your honor,” Zorich said, wearing a black suit and tie.
His attorney previously said Zorich was looking forward to putting the case behind him.
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.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.