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Report: Ex-Charger Charles Loewen gets 37 months in jail for tax fraud

Charles Loewen attempted to defraud the IRS of $2.3 million. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Charles Loewen attempted to defraud the IRS of $2.3 million.

Former Charger Charles Loewen -- now a Maui businessman -- was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 37 months in jail for attempting to defraud the IRS out of several million dollars, according to a report from Rob Shikina of the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

The 57-year-old, who played for the Chargers from 1980-84, attempted to provide the federal agency with forged tax documents that sought to collect $2.3 million in refunds. Instead, he owed back taxes to the government and when the IRS tried to collect, he closed his local bank accounts and opened others in Arizona, according to the report. He still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Shikina. Loewen's wife was sentenced to three years probation and a $5,000 fine for her role in the scheme.

Loewen was taken in the seventh round of the 1980 draft, playing tackle and guard for the Chargers for four years. 

--Marc Weinreich

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