Three-time PGA Tour winner and Champions Tour player Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to one year in prison for failing to pay more than $2 million in income tax.
A Florida court ordered Thorpe to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by April 1. Following his time in jail, he will be on two years of supervised release (probation?) and must perform 200 hours of community service. He must also make an effort to repay the taxes while on supervised release.
The 60-year-old pleaded guilty in September and had faced up to a two-year prison sentence. His attorney Mark Horwitz said Thorpe “has accepted his punishment and will be getting on with his life.”
Along with his three PGA Tour victories, Thorpe has won 13 times on the Champions Tour, including one senior major title. His career earnings total over more than $13 million.
Prosecutors said he did not file individual tax returns for 2002, 2003, 2004 until after he was confronted by the IRS.
Sheesh, when was the last time professional golfers made so many negative headlines? Probably never. Well, um, all publicity is good publicity. Or something like that.