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Former San Francisco 49er William H. Paris Jr., aka Bubba Paris, was charged Monday with failing to file tax returns with the IRS, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jose M. Martinez announced. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff Archives)

OAKLAND -- Former San Francisco 49ers left tackle and motivational speaker Bubba Paris pleaded guilty Wednesday to neglecting to file his taxes from 2006 to 2008, according to federal prosecutors.

William H. Paris Jr., otherwise known as "Bubba," pleaded guilty in an Oakland courtroom to one count of failing to file a federal income tax return, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine of $100,000, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a news release. During the three years the 53-year-old Discovery Bay resident neglected to pay his taxes, the three-time Super Bowl champion earned a total of $182,743 in income that he failed to report to the IRS.

During his run with the 49ers from 1983 to 1990, Paris founded and became chief executive officer of Paris Enterprises in 1985 and made money as a motivational speaker and by selling autographed sports memorabilia, Haag said. Paris took on the responsibility of handling the company's bookkeeping and finances in 2006, the year the company stopped submitting tax returns.

According to court documents, Paris earned at least $57,187 in 2006, $83,856 in 2007, and $41,700 in 2008, but failed to report that income to the IRS. Paris admitted to willfully neglecting to submit these returns and agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $126,530.

Paris was charged on Feb. 11 with three counts of failing to file tax returns, and after originally pleading not guilty in March to all three counts, made a deal in September to plead guilty to one, Haag said. He will be sentenced Feb. 21.

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