SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities say former NFL player Johnnie Morton Jr. has been sentenced to two years probation for lying to a grand jury during a criminal probe of his California business associate.

The Internal Revenue Service said Monday that the 40-year-old Morton conceded he lied during 2009 testimony when he said he did not have business dealings with Neang Chhorvann.

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The agency says the ex-Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers player later acknowledged that he had given Chhorvann more than $2 million to be invested and a placed a call for him to one of Chhorvann’s associates.

Chhorvann pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering in 2011. He failed to appear for sentencing. The agency says a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Messages were left for Morton’s attorneys.

 

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