Chris Zorich, former Chicago Bear and Notre Dame All-American, was charged Thursday with failing to file federal income tax returns for the past 4 years, the Associated Press reported March 8. His attorney stated that he would plead guilty to the charges. Over the 4 years, Zorich, 43, supposedly made over $1 million which includes income from a charity that he founded.
Zorich faces four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns. This is for the years 2006-2009. He has been working with the Internal Revenue Service and is going to plead guilty according to Matthias Lydon, his attorney. No hearing date has been set.
The native of Chicago was on the 1988 Notre Dame team that won a national championship. From 1991 to 1996, he played defensive tackle for the Bears. He ended his career in 1997 with the Washington Redskins.
Zorich could even be facing more charges. The state of Illinois is looking into the actions of the Chris Zorich Foundation. That organization stopped its charitable work in 2008, but continued to take in donations through 2010, when Zorich declared that he didn't know where the charity's money went to.
It was later revealed that Zorich was taking out $3,000 in salary from the charity every month to be used as rent. The foundation's office was in Zorich's home. The foundation issued its last IRS 990 tax statement more than ten years ago. At that time, it showed that the charity took in more than $1.3 million.
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