CHICAGO — Sep 13, 2017, 8:54 PM ET

Lawyer given 18 months in prison for defrauding NFL players

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A former Chicago attorney has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for orchestrating a tax fraud scheme that impacted the finances of several National Football League players.

During a hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said Gary Stern's scheme not only defrauded the IRS out of millions of dollars in tax revenue but also financially damaged victims like former New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas.

Thomas told the court his credit has been so ruined by Stern's schemes that he can't lease a car.

Before being sentenced, the 58-year-old Stern wept as he apologized to his family and victims.

Stern pleaded guilty last year to funneling renewable energy tax credits through multiple business entities for wealthy clients to claim at least nearly $5 million in tax credits. Nearly 20 current and former NFL stars lost money as part of the fraud.

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  • Lurker111

    You're gonna defraud guys big enough to crush you with a dirty look?

    Not thinking things through, I'll wager ...

  • Damiana

    His fatal mistake was that he ripped off rich people. If you want to con people and get away with it, stick to the poor - they can't afford lawyers!

  • E Sverdrup

    Does it seem that the NFL players were trying to scheme the tax system but got taken advantage of by another schemer.

  • Night_Fury

    His sentence is way too light.

  • roidragefan

    Another crooked lawyer? Say it ain't so!