IFWT_Plaxico Burress

Former NFL star Plaxico Burress could find himself in jail yet again.  Burress has been indicted on charges he failed to pay $47,903 in New Jersey income taxes, authorities said Thursday.

Burress, 37, of Totowa, faces one count of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer, and one count of willful failure to pay state tax. Both are third-degree charges that carry a maximum penalty of five years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.

Authorities said the case against Burress is the first prosecution under a new N.J. law that makes a failed electronic funds transfer the same as a writing a bad check.

Burress filed his 2013 income tax return with the New Jersey Division of Taxation on Oct. 20, 2014, but the electronic payment to cover the $47,903 he owed did not go through, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services alerted Burress, but received no response, authorities said.

A failed electronic payment occurs when an account designated by an online taxpayer to draw payment either does not exist or there are insufficient funds in that account. The new law went into effect on Sept. 20.

Burress played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets over an 11-year pro career.

Source: NJ.com

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