Ex-NFL star Plaxico Burress accused of failing to pay tax

(AP) - Former NFL star Plaxico Burress has been indicted on criminal charges related to a New Jersey tax payment.



The 37-year-old former wide receiver with the Steelers, Giants and Jets was charged last week with willful failure to pay a state tax and issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer.



The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges on Thursday.



Burress is the first person in the state to be charged under a new law that makes issuing a bad electronic funds transfer a criminal offense.



Each offense could carry up to a five-year prison term if he is convicted.



Burress, who lives in Totowa, could not immediately be reached for comment.


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