Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/7/12

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 28: William Joseph #94, number one draft pick of the New York Giants, provides protection for a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens at the M&T Bank Stadium on August 28, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Giants defeated teh Ravens 30-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Former NFL and University of Miami player William Joseph has pleaded guilty to federal charges arising out of an undercover FBI tax fraud investigation. The 32-year-old Joseph pleaded guilty Friday to theft of government money and identity theft. He faces a mandatory minimum two years in prison when sentenced in November. A defensive tackle, Joseph was a first-round pick of the New York Giants in 2003. He last played in 2010 for the Oakland Raiders. The FBI operated an undercover check-cashing store in North Miami used by Joseph and seven others, including two other former football players. The group allegedly cashed about $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund checks. Former NFL running back Michael Bennett and former Syracuse University lineman Louis Gachelin have also pleaded guilty in the scheme.
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