Former NFL Star Plaxico Burress Gets Probation for Tax Evasion

Plaxico Burress

Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has received five years of probation, during which he has to repay New Jersey $56,000 in back taxes and restitution or face jail time, reports ESPN.

If he fails to make payments in time, he could face a 364-day jail sentence.

In Superior Court, Burress admitted to owing $46,000 in state taxes on his $1 million income in 2013. And in return, prosecutors dropped a charge of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer.

Prosecutors said Burress filed his 2013 state income taxes, but the electronic transfer to cover his payment didn't go through. Tax officials said they repeatedly contacted him about the matter, but didn't get a response.

Burress has not played in the NFL since 2012.