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Plaxico Burress indicted in New Jersey for failing to pay taxes

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #80 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Former Steelers, Giants and Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress did time after he shot himself in the leg in 2008 and he’s back in some legal trouble this year.

Burress has been indicted in New Jersey on one count of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer and one count of willful failure to pay state tax in the amount of $47,903. According to, both charges carry maximum sentences of five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

The case against Burress is the first prosecution in New Jersey centered on a failed electronic funds transfer, which occurs when an account is underfunded or does not exist. A 2014 state law treats such a failure the same as attempting to pass a bad check. Burress filed his 2013 tax return electronically, but authorities say his electronic transfer didn’t go through and that Burress failed to respond to repeated requests to rectify the situation.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office said that an arraignment date has not been set yet.