“FredEx”. “The People’s Champion”. “First Down Freddie”. These are all monikers used when referring to former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell. You can now add to that list “potential felon”. Mitchell is facing charges in a tax fraud case that alleges he recruited athletes to receive false tax returns. The charges have been filed in the state of Florida and name Mitchell, as well as Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls in the indictment.
The indictment alleges that a professional athlete (only referred to as A.G.) paid a firm to which Mitchell was connected to prepare his taxes. From that point, the Walls’ were to purportedly file false federal tax returns, who ultimately claimed refunds that ranged from $170,000 to $1.9 million.
From the time he entered the NFL, Mitchell has occasionally popped up in the headlines, but it was usually for his quirky behavior or self-proclaimed nicknames. The last time we heard from him he was participating in a dating show on the Bravo television network. This time, however, the flamboyant former wide receiver could find himself in a heap of trouble if he is convicted in his role as recruiter for the Walls’.