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Wesley Gets Three Years!!!

4/24/2008 6:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley SnipesA judge has just sentenced Wesley Snipes to three years in prison for tax evasion. Forget black -- always bet on the U.S. government!

Snipes was not forced to surrender immediately. Instead, the judge ruled he could surrender at a later date, closer to his New Jersey home.

Nathan J. Hochman, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division, said, "Snipes' long prison sentence should send a loud and crystal clear message to all tax defiers that if they engage in similar tax defier conduct, they face joining him and his co-defendants ... as inmates in prison."

Snipes was convicted in February on three misdemeanor charges for not filing his taxes. The government claimed he owed $2.7 mil -- but Snipes' attorneys argued it was just $228,000. No fine was imposed, but the three-year sentence was the max he could have gotten.


Celebrity friends Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson wrote letters in his defense to appeal for leniency. Oh well ...

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76.

Rosanne Cautela    

Wow...good lesson, people...the government will let you owe them tax, but you MUST file a return...he was given some bad advice.

2337 days ago
77.

H B Rider    

People crying this is about skin color check this: The IRS could care less what color your skin is. The only color they care about is the color of your money and that is all they want. One way or another...they will get it and if you mess with them then you will go to jail. Wesley knew what he was doing and was caught and dealt with. Comparing this crime to crimes by Paris, Nicole and Lohan is stupid. Saying that means that you think justice is fair and news flash...it isn't. That is reality.

2337 days ago
78.

me    

well, i feel so much more at ease knowing that our government and legal system care so much about money and not so much about the lives that are put at risk when a drunk gets behind the wheel of a car.

2337 days ago
79.

Anti-Society    

Oh yes, and when you go to collect your social security (that won't be there, by the way) when you retire, you'll be taxed on that, too. Even though social security IS a type of tax. Double taxation.


This is an awesome country, but we can make it better!

2337 days ago
80.

tbone    

po baby-- i feel his pain

2337 days ago
81.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

#61............YOU'RE RIGHT ..............THE SMART PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO PAYS THERE

TAXES ...........FOR THOSE WHO DOESNT DESERVE JAIL TIME .................THAT'S THE PRICE THEY PAY .....

POLICTIANS , CELEBS , COMPANIES , ETCCC DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU'RE .........PAY YOUR TAXES .............

TAXPAYERS ARE TIRED OF PAYING FOR EVERYTHING ..........WAR , PRISIONERS , PEOPLE ON STATE AID ,

ANYONE WHO MAKES THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR YOUR IRRESPONSIBLE MISERABLE LIFE ............

THE ONES WHO REALLY NEEDS THE HELP IS THOSE WHO'S LAID OFF FROM WORK BECAUSE

COMPANIES MOVES TO FOREIGNER COUNTRIES , USA COMPANIES ARE SELLING OUT THERE OWN

COUNTRY ...............

WE'VE TO MANY LOSSERS IN USA .........FROM THIS PRESIDENT WHO SAYS HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW

HOW MUCH THE GAS PRICES WHEN HE DOES , HE LIED ........TO THE ONES WHO DOESNT PAY THERE

TAXES ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,COMPANIES INCLUDING ..................

DID YOU KNOW WALMART DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY SALE TAXES , BUT WHEN YOU GO TO WALMART CHECK

YOUR RECIEPT , IT WILL SHOW YOU PAID THEM ........WALMART KEEPS THAT MONEY .............

POLICTANS , COMPANIES , PEOPLE WHO DOESNT PAY THERE TAXES , ETCCCCC AGAIN IRRESPONSIBLE........

2337 days ago
82.

sandyduncansglasseye    

I think the folks here need to do a little self-educating...people, people, DUI is not the same thing as tax evasion, state law is not the same as federal law, collecting taxes is not the same as 'collecting' drunk drivers, black folks are held to the same tax laws as white folks,...and I would harldy call Snipes a 'celebrity,' I mean, what has he done lately?

2337 days ago
83.

frogs and gravel    

just a thought: Do not mess with any government agency that has
three letters in its abbreviation such as: I.R.S , A.T.F etc. What he couldn't afford
the $240 fee to go to H&R Block? If I had his kind of money I would make Damn sure
all the Ts were crossed and i(s) were dotted.

2337 days ago
84.

Black Teef    

Good. Hopefully "Sugar Buns" Snipes will walk out with a mason-jar sized bunghole. Everyone has to pay taxes & so does this a55hole...especially for the amount this jerk makes!

2337 days ago
85.

Manbearpig    

No taxation without representation!!!!!

D*uch Bags!!!

2337 days ago
86.

Bigmoneywill    

what did he expect, with those lame ass excuses he used, just say i didnt wanna pay, would have gotten less time!

2337 days ago
87.

AK    

Everybody should stop paying taxes - they can't throw us all in jail. That's why the guy said - "Let this be warning" The IRS is trying to intemidate you into paying unconstitutional taxes on your wages. Fightt he power - don't be a slave...Vote Ron Paul!

2337 days ago
88.

John in San Diego    

LOL! A letter from Woody Harrelson? Like that would have any weight. A letter from him would be the LAST thing I'd want to present to a judge to help prove I'm a man of character!

2337 days ago
89.

Awww, don't cry    

Meanwhile, the pedophile next door gets NO prison

2337 days ago
90.

nicky1967    

PAY THOSE TAXES FOLKS... as for "racist" comments... guess what? I knew TWO white, affluent families who did not pay their taxes and guess what? Both sets of parents went into the slammer. One set of parents went in for 4 years and the other kid's dad went in for 5 YEARS!!! No suspended sentences! Guess the federal government means business... especially when we are in MAJOR DEFICIT.

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