Ian Freeman: Another MMA Athlete Faces Jail Time

Matt RandallCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2009

Ian Freeman is yet another MMA fighter who is possibly facing jail time.

Ian plead guilty to three charges of making a false statement, one charge of fraudulently evading income tax, and one charge of making a false statement to obtain a mortgage.

The total amount of damage that Ian and his wife have tallied up is 44,178 pounds. His wife has also pleaded guilty, but she will not be facing any jail time. 

This is just shortly after the arrest of Jeff Monson, who's crime, vandalism and abusing his girlfriend, is facing up to 10 years in jail.

Ian Freeman must be thanking is lucky stars.

Or maybe not.

Ian has stated that he now knows he broke the law, but didn't know what he was doing was illegal.

"I had broken the law, but not to my knowledge," he said. "Ignorance is not a defense, so I had to plead guilty. I wish I knew then what I know now."

Unfortunately, Monson can't make the same statements.

However, I am not satisfied with this "I didn't know, whoops" defence.

The problem I have with it, is that Freeman is not a young pup by any means. He is a 42-year-old veteran who has been fighting since 1999 all the way up until 2008, in both his home country England and in the USA.

I would have to imagine that at age 42, filing one's taxes should have become a normality in someone's life.

You don't have to actually file your taxes yourself, there are hundreds (possibly even thousands) of ways to file your taxes. To think, someone who has been fighting professionally for so long can't afford to take his taxes to a private CPA.

Or even if that is out of the question for whatever reason, H&R Block (or something equivalent) is everywhere.

This seems like a sad excuse to me. Maybe it is really just ignorance or laziness.

Regardless, I do not find it difficult to pay my taxes, or find out information on doing so. And, I do understand that tax laws differ from England to America, but the information is out there and easily accessible. 

I myself have had to seek out advice on my taxes. Mine can be rather difficult at times, having a two-and-half-year-old son and going through custody battles and all the fun that it includes. 

But it wasn't anything that was really that hard to tackle. There are tax professionals out there who do this stuff everyday.

I really feel like Mr. Freeman has really no excuse that would satisfy me, since this is so easily avoided.

Maybe I am being too harsh or maybe I am not. I just have trouble grasping the reasoning.

Could he really be this lazy or really so ignorant?

Or maybe he thought he could get away with it.

Maybe he will. Now, it's up to the courts to decide.