Ex-NFL player gets 2 years probation for lie
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Federal authorities say former NFL player Johnnie Morton Jr. has been sentenced to two years probation for lying to a grand jury during a criminal probe of his California business associate.
The Internal Revenue Service said Monday the 40-year-old conceded he lied during 2009 testimony by saying he did not have business dealings with Neang Chhorvann.
The agency says the ex-Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers player later acknowledged he had given Chhorvann more than $2 million to be invested.
Chhorvann pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering in 2011. He failed to appear for sentencing. The agency says a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Defense attorney Fred Heather says Morton's money was stolen and Chhorvann threatened to kill Morton's parents if Morton testified against him.
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