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Ex-NFL Player William James Gets 7 Months in Tax Case

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Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Former National Football League cornerback William James was sentenced to seven months in prison for failing to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.

James, 33, pleaded guilty last May 23 in federal court in Camden, New Jersey. He admitted that he failed to file a return in 2005, when his salary was $5.5 million. James played professional football from 2001 to 2010 with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.

“Although he had repeatedly been advised by the IRS and by his personal accountant that he was obligated to file a tax return, James ignored their notices and failed to file a return,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.

James, who was formerly known as William J. Peterson, already has served four months in custody. He agreed in pleading guilty to pay back taxes and penalties of $470,254.

Lori Koch, his federal public defender, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the sentence.

The case is U.S. v. James, 12-cr-363, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Camden).

To contact the reporter on this story: David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey at

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