Snipes Sentenced to Three Years for Tax Fraud

Its been a year and a half since we first reported that Wesley Snipes was charged with tax evasion.

In 2006 Snipes and two co-defendants, a de-licensed accountant and a tax protest leader, were indicted for tax fraud. Snipes was also indicted on six counts of "willful failure to file a tax return" from 1999-2004. During that time, Snipes signed two contracts for more than $10 million on sequels in the "Blade" trilogy. He was acquitted of three of the charges back in February, but was convicted on the other three charges.

Despite three dozen letters from family and celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington, and even TV's Judge Joe Brown, who was called up as a character witness, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for U.S. tax laws and handed Snipes the maximum sentence of three years, one year for each conviction.

Snipes read a statement in court appologizing for his actions, saying, "I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance,"

Snipes currently remains free and will be notified when he will need to be remanded into custody and begin serving his sentence.


Just goes to show you kids, no matter how much money or power you think you may have, you better pay Uncle Sam what he wants or you'll be sorry.

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