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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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106.

Katie G. Hope    

Why wasn't he fined also?!!

The average citizen would have faced fines AND jail.

2186 days ago
107.

J Man    

Too bad that Brittany Spears had enough time away from her two kids to pay her taxes? Did she clam them as deductions? Or did KFED?


2186 days ago
108.

Linda    

# 13, HOW ABOUT Richard Hatch WHO WAS ON SUVIOR. which WHITE CELEBERITY DO YOU KNOW THAT DOES NOT PAY THIER TAXES. Just flapping your lips, does not mean you know anything.

2186 days ago
109.

ksuede    

When are people gonna learn -- the one thing you absolutely NEVER mess with in the U.S. is the government's money. It doesn't matter what colour you are, when tax time comes and the government asks for it's share of your green, hand it over no questions asked. If you're already rich, hell, give them a little extra, just to keep them off your back.

2186 days ago
110.

nokia    

He was trying to play the tax game like the white folks do! Only problem for him is that he is black and not smart enough! Can't play the game, like the president GB................

2186 days ago
111.

Anti-Society    

Hand it over with no questions asked? That is a sad mentality.

2186 days ago
112.

LameMZ    

Stop trying to make people feel like they are doing wrong about not filing their taxes lke they are comitting a moral crime! Sure their are people who will always want to steal and be greedy and abuse the system at every turn. The problem is the way we are bieng taxed on our wages in this country is just as wrong or worse! It's crap that we should have to pay someone money to do our taxes, it should not be that hard, it is wrong that you get a tax break just because you buy or own a house, it is wrong that you get a tax break just beacuse you have a kid, all these loopholes and rebates people get is crap, if you choose to donate to charity great! But you shouldnot get a tax break becasue you do! And to say if we don't pay our taxes our troops will suffer in time of war is wrong too! The way our government spends is the reason the troops suffer! There has to be a better fairer and easier way! We the People are the solution!

2186 days ago
113.

julzfromwellston    

13. Oh yeah, #10, IT'S RACISTS!!! How many white celebs have been INCARCERATED for failure to pay taxes?

Posted at 6:04PM on Apr 24th 2008 by Karen

Haven't you ever heard of willie nelson? The IRS came and took about everything he had!! And he's white!! So stfu about how whites don't ever get in trouble! I'm really sick of how some blacks think they shouldn't ever get into trouble. And when they do it's whitey that caused it on them. People be responsible for your own actions...stop blaming everyone else!

2186 days ago
114.

AK    

Well, income tax is un-American and probably unconstitutional.
Help Wesley and *vote Ron Paul* who wants to dismantle the IRS and pardon tax protesters!

As a primer, watch America: Freedom to Fascism by Aaron Russo
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173

2186 days ago
115.

bi paula    

I feel like that he should of at least got probation,it wasn't like he killed anybody, and sometimes things happens. Why send message when there are people out thre who defy the laws all the time. He may be famous but he is still a human being.

2186 days ago
116.

He's Boring now    

govt nailed snipes because they truly dont want the black culture of hip hop, rap and black movie stars and comedians to set a tone or example of toughness when it comes to paying the govt its due. they can slide on the n word, degragation of women, porno, rip offs, murder, thuggery etc. but will not get away with not paying the govt....simple as that. they sent a message when they really didnt have to--I mean snipes has no record, is non violent would have paid any price set by the judge to be free, or been on probation, but that did not happen.

they truly sent a message to the culture that you can act and talk tough and bad about anything you want, and probably have the aclu's support too, but dont mess with Uncle Sams money.

Not my message---theirs

2186 days ago
117.

sensible    

I feel so much safer now. Hard telling what that madman might do next. He might have taken my hard earned money and given it to doctors to kill babies.

2186 days ago
118.

jovifan47    

Of course, here come the comments on race. I don't care if he's black, white, yellow, orange or purple! He got punished for what he did and I'm glad. I don't earn much but I bet I'd be in a whole lot of trouble if I tried that with my taxes! I'm tired of the RICH (notice I said RICH - nothing to do with color) getting away with this tax cheating for YEARS! Hopefully, more of them will be caught and even more will think twice about doing it!

2186 days ago
119.

Lesley    

Pretty harsh seeing that there is no law that says you have to pay an income tax. Look it up. Its against our constitution. Good ol governemt doing whatever they want. America is so currupt.

2186 days ago
120.

Anti-Society    

I don't think we should hold it against him that he is rich. We should have had hope because he is rich, and he was in more of a position to help create change that the rest of us could eventually benefit from.

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