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Ex-Bears player Chris Zorich pleads guilty to federal tax charges

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Former Bears player Chris Zorich pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to misdemeanor charges, admitting he didn't file income taxes from 2006 to 2009 — though he made more than $1 million during those years.

Zorich, who turned 44 Wednesday, now awaits sentencing — following a pre sentence report done by court officials. He faces as little as probation or up to 16 months in prison, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Judge Daniel Martin asked Zorich about his crime. Zorich, dressed in a black suit with a black tie, said: "I chose to not file my taxes (between) 2006 and 2009 in a timely fashion."

"And you knew you were wrong to do this?"

"Yes, your Honor," Zorich said.

As part of the plea agreement, Zorich has agreed to pay $71,000 in back taxes.

The judge set Zorich's sentencing for July 12.

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