ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has admitted to his role in a tax-fraud scheme.

Mitchell pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Fla., today to a single count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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Prosecutors said Mitchell and two others concocted a scheme that involved filing a false tax return on behalf of another professional athlete.

They said Mitchell told the athlete, only identified as “A.G.,” that he could help him get a bigger tax refund from the IRS.

Mitchell and his two associates filed a return on behalf of A.G. that contained blatantly false information.

A.G. was unaware that the false tax return had been filed.

Mitchell, drafted out of UCLA, played for the Eagles from 2001-04.

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