Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress pled guilty to tax evasion earlier this month for failing to pay $46,000 in taxes in 2013. He filed his 2013 income tax return with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, but the electronic payment did not go through. The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services notified Burress of the issue, but received no response. After multiple collection attempts went unanswered, formal charges were filed.
38-year-old Burress has been in trouble with the law before. In 2008, he accidentally shot himself in the leg while at a nightclub in Manhattan. He pled guilty to a weapons offense and was sentenced to two years in prison.
In this case, prosecutors agreed to drop the additional third-degree felony charge of issuing a bad check in exchange for Burress pleading guilty to tax evasion. The former football star will have to pay approximately $56,000 in penalties and restitution. He could also face 364 days in the county jail payment is not made by the end of the probationary period.
Under the Electronic Funds Transfer law, signed into law in New Jersey in 2014, criminal penalties are to be imposed on people who submit insufficient e-payments. The bill treats electronic transfers the same as a draft, check, or money order and anyone who authorizes an e-payment knowing that it will not be honored can face penalties.
If you or a loved one was charged with a tax crime, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm today. Mr. Rosenblum is a skilled criminal defense attorney who has helped people in similar situations. He will defend your rights, fight to keep you out of jail, and do what he can to have your charges dismissed. E-mail or call him today at 888-979-7551.