Ex-Bear, sheriff`s deputy charged: Failing to file tax returns - FOX 32 News Chicago

Ex-Chicago Bear, sheriff`s deputy charged for failing to file tax returns

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Former Chicago Bear Christopher Zorich and Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen R. Pamon were both charged Thursday, separately, for failing to file their tax returns.

Zorich, 43, played for the Chicago Bears from 1991-1996. He was charged with four counts of failing to file federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2009. Zorich allegedly made more than $1 million during that time, according to a release. 

The former Bear graduated from Notre Dame in 1991 and from its law school in 2002. He worked for a local law firm from 2002-2006, and worked for the university from 2008-2010. He received deferred payments from the Bears, income from the law firm, income from Notre Dame and personal appearance payments from 2006-2009.

When he established the non-profit Chris Zorich Foundation in 1993, the executive director wanted to give scholarships to disadvantaged Notre Dame students and to Chicago area families in need. Zorich received rental income payments of about $3,000 a month to use property, according to the release. 

When the foundation failed to submit an annual report to the Illinois Attorney General's office in 2004, their registration was cancelled. They were not allowed to solicit, receive or hold funds in the state - but Zorich continued to receive rental payments between 2006 and 2009.

Zorich's gross income totaled at least $331,625 in 2006; $70,996 in 2007; $372,448 in 2008; and $242,298 in 2009.

He did not file tax forms during that time.

Zorich's attorney said he is cooperating with the IRS and will plead guilty to the charges, according to the release. 

Pamon, 61, was also charged with four counts of failing to file federal income tax returns, for 2006-2009. His gross income allegedly totals $325,000.

THe sheriff's deputy from Elk Grove Village worked as a part-time college and professional referee, officiating college basketball, football and baseball games from 1973 to at least 2010. He has also refereed Arena Football League games since 2000. He was also employed at a private security company from 2005 to 2008.

Pamon made at least $102,657 in 2006; $87,474 in 2007; $59,082 in 2008; and $75,525 in 2009. He did not file his tax forms either, according to the release.

If convicted of these misdemeanor charges, Zorich and Pamon would face one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count. They would also have to pay prosecution costs, be responsible for any back taxes they owe, and potentially have to pay 75% of underpayment plus interest.

The release said arraignment dates for Zorich and Pamon are yet to be determined.

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