Ex-Premier League player jailed after driving scam

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NORTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- A former Premier League footballer has been jailed for six months for sending fake letters to the police to avoid a driving ban.

Leon McKenzie, who played for Norwich in England's top division in the 2004-05 season, sent letters claiming to be from a fictional garage which said his car was off the road.

The 33-year-old McKenzie was sentenced at a court in Northampton on Tuesday after pleading guilty to six charges of perverting the course of justice between February 2008 and December 2009.

McKenzie released a statement on Twitter, saying his behavior was "totally unacceptable and very naive" during a time in which he "fell deep into depression, which led me to try and take my life."

He retired from football in December.