Attorney for former Chicago Bears star Chris Zorich: He’s broke
SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORT July 3, 2013 2:24PM
File - Chris Zorich formerly of th Chicago Bears. | Photo by Richard A. Chapman-Sun-Times
Updated: July 3, 2013 3:34PM
Chris Zorich — the former Chicago Bears star whose tax problems landed him in federal court — is broke, his attorneys said Wednesday.
Zorich, 44, has a net worth of $302,000, but owes $348,000 in a case the Illinois attorney general brought over the questionable finances of his charity — and likely more than $90,000 more in IRS interest and penalties, his lawyers said in a court filing.
“Christopher Zorich’s current net worth therefore is actually a substantially negative number,” his lawyers said.
In March, the former NFL defensive tackle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that he failed to file federal income tax returns for four years while earning more than $1 million in gross income.
“Chris Zorich’s true financial condition is that he faces heavy financial obligations and he will be struggling to meet them for some time,” according to his lawyers.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for Zorich to serve 10 to 16 months in prison, but his attorneys are calling for the judge to give him probation, noting that “his good works and helping nature are well known and have been life long.”
His sentencing is scheduled for July 12.