Ex-Mets pitcher gets 6 months for tax evasion

Friday, September 4, 2009
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2009, file photo, Jerry Koosman, a member of the 1969 New York Mets baseball team, waves before a pre-game ceremony before the Mets play the Philadelphi Phillies in a baseball game in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 2, 2009, a federal judge in Wisconsin has sentenced Koosman to six months in prison for not paying his taxes. Prosecutors say Jerry Koosman, a former all-star who helped the Mets win the 1969 World Series, didn't pay federal income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004, costing the government as much as $90,000. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former major league pitcher Jerry Koosman to six months in prison for not paying his taxes. Prosecutors say Koosman, a former All-Star who helped the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series, didn't pay federal income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004. He pleaded guilty in May to willfully failing to file taxes for 2002, a misdemeanor, in a deal with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found that Koosman cost the government as much as $80,000.

-- From wire reports

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