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Wesley Snipes Reports to Pennsylvania Prison | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes Reports to Pennsylvania Prison

Originally posted 12/09/2010 12:55PM

Wesley Snipes has reported to a federal prison in Pennsylvania to begin serving a three-year sentence for failing to file his taxes.

The actor, 48, was convicted in April 2008 of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income taxes.

After two years of unsuccessful appeals, Snipes accepted his fate and, on Thursday, turned in his street clothes for a prison uniform at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run, Pa.

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Uma Thurman, Other Stars Targeted in $30-Million Ponzi Scam

Uma Thurman, Other Stars Targeted in $30-Million Ponzi Scam

Originally posted 05/28/2010 10:30AM

Just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you're immune from being ripped off. Witness the jaw-dropping tale of a "Scammer to the Stars" who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme that bilked $30 million from the likes of Uma Thurman, Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, playwright Neil Simon, directors Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese and Nora Ephron, illusionist David Blaine, and celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.

And though some of the luckier stars smelled a rat and got their money out in time, on Thursday federal prosecutors arrested so-called financial adviser Kenneth Starr, 66, in his $7.5-million Manhattan condo – where he was hiding in the closet, until federal agents spotted his shoes underneath the door, according to The New York Times.

Initially, Starr's wife, Diane Passage, a former dancer at the Scores strip club, told the agents that Starr was not home. But then, reports the New York Post, quoting the agents, she pointed upstairs and whispered, "He's upstairs."

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Wesley Snipes Sentenced to Three Years in Jail | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes Sentenced to Three Years in Jail

Originally posted 04/24/2008 06:05PM

Wesley Snipes is prison-bound.

The Blade star, 45, was sentenced Thursday to three years behind bars as his punishment for failing to file his tax returns, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges announced in an Ocala, Fla., courtroom.

The actor sat stone-faced – and some people in the courtroom gasped – when the sentence was read. "I'm very sorry for my mistakes and errors. I apologize to my family, the court and the community," Snipes said as his wife looked on. "I've asked the court to show me mercy and the opportunity to make things right."

In February, a federal jury convicted Snipes of three counts of failing to file a tax return (from 1999 through 2001). Thursday he received 12 months for each count. Prosecutors say the actor owes a total of $41 million in taxes, of which he paid $5 at the sentencing.

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Wesley Snipes Acquitted of Tax Fraud | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes Acquitted of Tax Fraud

Originally posted 02/01/2008 04:30PM

Wesley Snipes was acquitted of tax fraud but was convicted of failure to file taxes, in a Florida courtroom Friday.

Snipes, 45, who was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return, faces up to three years in federal prison. His income over the period of time in which he failed to file amounted to millions of dollars.

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Wesley Snipes: 'I'm Looking Forward to Being Free' | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes: 'I'm Looking Forward to Being Free'

Originally posted 01/29/2008 11:00PM

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill got the jury in the Wesley Snipes trial laughing on Tuesday – no small feat in a tax-evasion trial – bringing up Steve Martin and his King Tut routine. From that he launched into the comedian's "How to Make a Million Dollars and Not Pay Taxes."

First you make a million dollars and when the IRS asks why you didn't pay taxes, you simply say, "I forgot," O'Neill told the jury in closing arguments.

The jury, which will begin deliberations Wednesday morning, laughed. But after the jury was dismissed for the day, Snipes was not laughing and admitted he was scared.

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Wesley Snipes Defense Rests in Tax-Evasion Trial | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes Defense Rests in Tax-Evasion Trial

Originally posted 01/28/2008 12:55PM

There was no Rambo to the rescue, no Muhammad Ali to throw a knockout punch for the defense in the Wesley Snipes tax-evasion trial.

The defense simply rested Monday morning in Florida without putting one witness on the stand to speak on behalf of Snipes, who faces up to 16 years in prison (that's five more years than Al Capone received and 12 more than hotelier Leona Helmsley).

"The government didn't make its case," says Snipes attorney Robert Bernhoft. "There were a lot of witnesses ready to step up to testify on his behalf."

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Wesley Snipes Tax-Fraud Trial Begins | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes Tax-Fraud Trial Begins

Originally posted 01/16/2008 04:25PM

Wesley Snipes's failure to file income-tax returns during the six years he made nearly $38 million was due to bad advice, the actor's attorney said during opening statements in a federal trial in Ocala, Fla., Wednesday.

Lawyer Robert Bernhoft said his client got duped by an organization that maintains people can legally stop paying their income taxes, and that when Snipes asked the IRS about the matter, he received the runaround.

Prosecutor Robert O'Neill, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, maintains Snipes, 45, feigned confusion about the tax law and knew he had to pay the IRS because his original tax advisor told him so.

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Snipes: 'I Look Forward to Clearing My Name' | Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes: 'I Look Forward to Clearing My Name'

Originally posted 12/08/2006 04:30PM

Wesley Snipes, who was arrested Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges, faced the media that afternoon at the Orlando International Airport.

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Wesley Snipes Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Fraud | Wesley Snipes

UpdatePosted 12/08/2006 02:25PM

Wesley Snipes Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Fraud

Originally posted 12/08/2006 10:25AM

Actor Wesley Snipes was arrested Friday in Florida on charges of tax fraud, Steve Cole, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa, Fla., tells PEOPLE.

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Snipes Puts IRS on Hold During Filming

Snipes Puts IRS on Hold During Filming

Originally posted 10/24/2006 09:50AM

Wesley Snipes's work schedule will continue as planned in Namibia, where he is shooting a new movie, Gallowwalker – despite a warrant for his arrest in the U.S. on tax fraud charges, the movie's producer tells the Associated Press.

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