NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -New York Yankees traveling secretary David Szen pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to filing a false tax return and admitted he failed to report more than $50,000 in tips from players and coaches.
Authorities said the tax loss was $10,285 based on underreporting of $53,350 over five years. The 56-year-old from Brookfield received tips ranging from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 for services provided to unidentified coaches during the baseball season.
``I was wrong, and for that I'm humbly sorry, your honor,'' Szen told U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz.
Outside court, he asked for forgiveness and apologized to his family, employer and friends.
Szen took a paid leave of absence during the investigation.
He was the Yankees' media relations director in 1982, later worked for the Seattle Mariners and returned to the Yankees in the 1990s as traveling secretary, arranging charter flights, buses and hotel rooms for teams.
Szen was released on his own recognizance and will be sentenced March 7. Federal guidelines call for up to six months in prison.
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