Bill Romanowski files for bankruptcy as lawsuit demands $15.5 million: report

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Retired NFL star Bill Romanowski and his wife have filed for bankruptcy following a lawsuit accusing the couple of failing to pay more than $15.5 million in taxes.

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According to court documents obtained by USA todayRomanowski and his wife Julie Legrand filed for bankruptcy on Monday, a day before a hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil case against the couple, filed in California last June.

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It is alleged that the couple used money from their Nutrition53 company, a nutritional supplement company they founded, to pay for personal expenses including rent on their home and for their adult children, nail salons, hair, plastic surgery, spa, chiropractic appointments, pet food and groceries.

“By using N53 to pay their personal living expenses and those of their adult children, the Romanowskis improperly used N53 to thwart the IRS’s collection of the individual income tax bills at issue in this case” , the complaint said, KUSA, an affiliate of Denver NBC, reported. last year.

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“Although the income tax assessments owed by the Romanowskis in this case have already been assessed, the Romanowskis have refused to pay the assessments and instead used N53 in a manner to unlawfully shield their assets and income from the collection of such assessments. ”

By filing for bankruptcy protection, the couple has bought time as efforts to collect the alleged tax money are legally put on hold.


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Nutrition53 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last November. Lawyers for the Justice Department were expected to ask a judge on Tuesday to rule in their favor.

Romanowski, 58, played 16 years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders before retiring after the 2003 season.

He also played on four Super Bowl championship teams, but was known during his career as a dirty player who played with a fiery attitude.

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