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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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91.

LRT    

#2 It is FEDERAL there is NO SUSPENDED SENTENCES!! DAHHHHHHHHHHH

2291 days ago
92.

kyenn    

That's what he gets for turnig his back on the sistas!

2291 days ago
93.

chandolier    

Ha ha. I think this is great. Everyone has to pay taxes. I hope he rots in jail and thinks about all the millions he 'saved' by not paying taxes.

2291 days ago
94.

Jon Smallberries    

B.S. It's all fear mongering--he got jailed to make other people afraid of defying an immoral and unconstitutional practice--taxing PERSONAL labor. Even if it was legal, nobody should have to pay the amount of taxes that we ALL do. #1 Wesley is my new civil disobedience hero, #2 Free Wesley, #3 If they take 1% there is nothing to stop them from taking 100%. Watch what happens to your taxes over the next 20 years. Up Up and Up! Good luck!

2291 days ago
95.

Kat    

Richard Hatch from Survivor is in prison now serving his sentence for tax evasion. He probably likes it there.

2291 days ago
96.

truthman    

3 years for a misdemeanor?!? The Federal income tax is NOT legal, the 16th Amendment was never ratified and the IRS has never produced the law granting authority to tax individual wages. In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled on EIGHT seperate occasions upholding that position, and only recently refused to hear a case to redress the greivances of the citizens as granted in the Constitution. Your government is engaging in CRIMINAL ACTIVITY by taxing W-2 wages, see the movie "America: Freedom to Fascism" by Aaron Russo (director of "Trading Places" with Eddie Murphy). In it, the former and current IRS Commissioners are not able to present a coherent answer to the question, "What law grants the Federal Government the authority to charge income tax on personal wages?" Only if we ALL stand up at once will we have a chance to end this Federal mafia abuse.

2291 days ago
97.

Veronica    

Hopefully Michael Vick will be his cell mate !

2291 days ago
98.

Frag The Paps    

To all of you crying about Paris and Lyndsey. DUI is a misdemeanor unless someone gets hurt. Tax evasion is a felony, and he did it for 3 years, and tried that BS argument that taxes are not constitutional and blah blah blah. Thats why he got hammered. It was a dumb move.

2291 days ago
99.

MARY    

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!!!!!

2291 days ago
100.

Scotty    

His sentace will not be reduced. He will serve 3 years because he deserves to serve 3 years.

2291 days ago
101.

Alex    

SNIPES IS A MARTIAL ARTS EXPERT. If he get's "stretched" as # 8 says, it'll be strictly BY PERMISSION

2291 days ago
102.

Pennie    

for 3 misdemeanors? what ever the judge went overboard with this decision. Unbelievalble. I'm pulling for your appeal Wesley.

2291 days ago
103.

That explains things!    

Hmph!

It's a shame he can't take his brothel of Asian-Hispanic-Caucasian-Mulatto-British and Oriental [oops! did I say that?] golddiggers with him to the Pen! Then, they could all skip and flutter to the loo together!

Well...maybe he'll get to learn a trade...like bookkeeping.

2291 days ago
104.

Anti-Society    

Notice how he was not imprisoned for railure to pay, but only for failure to file... They HAD to get him on something so he could not set a precedent for the rest of us.

2291 days ago
105.

learn    

Just in case everyone didn't know but Federal income taxes are against the Constitution... do your self a favor and take the time and read the truth not what we are lead to believe....

2291 days ago
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