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Zorich pleads guilty to federal tax charges

Zorich was on 1988 ND national champs.

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 14, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.

CHICAGO — Former Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich pleaded guilty Thursday to federal tax charges, admitting to the judge that he didn’t file “in a timely fashion.”

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.




 Michigan defensive end Brennen Beyer (97), defensive back Delonte Hollowell (24), and running back De'Veon Smith (4) celebrate in the stands with student fans after beating Appalachian State 52-14 in an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Updated on Aug. 31, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.
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