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Wesley Snipes in Jail: Tax Evasion Equals Prison Time!

Posted by on November 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM EST

wesley snipes in jailWesley Snipes has been ordered to serve 3 years in jail for tax evasion.

It looks like Wesley Snipes has run out of legal options and is now heading for the big house. After rejecting Snipes’ bid for a new trial in his tax evasion case U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges has ordered Wesley Snipes to start serving his three year jail sentence. “The defendant Snipes had a fair trial…the time has come for his judgment to be enforced.” The judge said during his ruling.

Wesley Snipes has been fighting an ongoing battle with the U.S. Government since 2008 when he was originally convicted on three counts of “willful failure to file tax returns” for 1999-2001. He was found not guilty of five other counts. At his sentencing the prosecutors said that from 1999 to 2006 Snipes had earned more than $38 million dollars but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes.

During Snipes’ original trial it came out that he not only failed to file his tax returns or pay any taxes for several years, but that he also filed an amended return in an effort to get back nearly $4 million he had already paid in taxes. He was using what is often called the Tax Protester Theory or the “861 argument” which essentially argues that the domestic income of U.S. citizens and residents is not taxable. After the initial indictment Snipes declared himself a “non-resident alien” of the US even though he is a US born citizen. After his conviction Wesley Snipes’ attorney asked for leniency, but prosecutors argued that he should be made an example of because of his fame. Eddie Ray Kahn, the man who advised Snipes on how to not pay taxes, was sentenced to 10 years. Snipes got three. He has been free on bail while he filed appeals and worked to pay his fines and owed taxes.

The FBI website already has him listed as an active prisoner with his location set as “in transit.” His inmate number will be 43355-018. There is no word on how long Snipes has to report to prison nor where he will be doing his time. Eric Thompson, a supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Service said that would not be in Florida. He also said that the FBI would notify Wesley Snipes and his lawyer by certified mail of his surrender dat.



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