Snipes Loses Court Appeal

17 07 2010

Film star Wesley Snipes lost his latest bout with the IRS when a federal court in Atlanta upheld tax evasion convictions charges against the actor.The action star had appealed his conviction on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file taxes from 1999 to 2001. He was found to owe $17 million in penalties and back taxes and also given a 3-year prison sentence.

The hearing was held to consider Snipes’ appeal of the sentence he was given back in 2008. However, the federal appeals panel upheld the prison sentence for Snipes, according to reports.

“The district court acted well within its considerable discretion in sentencing Snipes to thirty-six months in prison,” the federal opinion read.

Snipes initially appealed the sentence that was handed down to him in 2008 based on the fact that a key witness against him was himself found guilty of fraud.

The actor’s troubles with the federal government goes back to 2006, when he and a few of his associates were charged with several counts of fraud against the United States and willfully failing to file Federal income tax returns in time, along with other similar charges.

Tough break for Snipes, who has yet to announce whether or not he’ll be appealing the latest ruling. Last year, he was forced to turn down a role in the upcoming action-adventure, “The Expendables.” Earlier this year, Snipes co-starred with Don Cheadle in Antoine Fuqua’s gritty cop thriller, “Brooklyn’s Finest.”



2 responses

18 07 2010
Sherry Rowe

Too bad for Wesley Snipes. But, by the time he keep paying attorney fees & such, I would go ahead and make the debt good with the IRS good at least. He need to get this behind him, so he can go ahead with his life. The federal government is not going to clear him of charges against themselves. I’m sorry but that is real talk. He just got screwed by the wrong people.

28 07 2010

He made bad decisions, and you are right Sherry, he needs to just pay and go on with his life.

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