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Wesley Snipes -- My Money Guy Lied on the Stand

9/10/2010 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley Snipes claims his ex-financial adviser -- whose damning testimony led to the actor's 2008 conviction for tax evasion -- is a lying scumbag ... and should be charged with perjury for turning the jury against him.

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The financial adviser in question -- named Kenneth Starr (no, not the Lewinsky guy) -- pled guilty today to one count each of wire fraud, investment fraud, and money laundering ... and now faces 45 years in prison for allegedly bilking between $20-$50 million from his celeb clients.

Snipes' lawyer Daniel Meachum tells TMZ, "Starr is a certified liar and a fraud, which is what we always said and believed, and knew he perjured himself by doing the trial. The government should charge him with perjury."

As we first reported, Snipes -- who has been ordered to serve three years in prison -- is demanding a retrial based partly on Starr's testimony ... which Snipes claims shouldn't count because the guy was under investigation for fraud at the time.

Bottom line -- as far as Snipes is concerned, Starr's conviction today is just more ammo in his fight for a second chance.





Patryk Zubrowski

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mysteria333    

WESLEY.. CELEBRITIES ARE AUTOMATIC TARGETS FOR LIES AND GREED,, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT.. I'M SORRY YOU'RE GOING TO PRISON,, I HOPE YOU GET A NEW TRIAL AND BEAT THIS THING,, GOOD LUCK,, I WILL PRAY FOR YOU..IT WAS LIES AND GREED THAT DESTROYED MICHAEL JACKSONS CAREER,, AND HE WAS ALSO A TRULY KIND POERSON..REMEMBER NO JUDGE,,PROSECUTOR OR JURY HAS THE FINAL SAY SO...OUR HEAVENLY FATHER DOES,, AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK...GOD BLESS YOU WESLEY.

1504 days ago
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Zippy T. Pinhead    

I agree that Snipes should get a new trial. Doesn't it seem strange that the Government waits until after the Snipes trial before allowing this dirt bag Starr guy to make a plea? It seems pretty obvious that the Government knew it would be impossible to convict Snipes if the jurors knew that the key witness for the Government was a convicted felon for wire fraud, money laundering and the key one here "Investment Fraud". Some of these idiots that added a comment don't realize the magnitude of having such large sums of money coming in and going out. Unless Snipes is a certified CPA, you're going to have to rely on certain professionals to account for and distribute those funds. Not once have we heard that Snipes was buying up houses and cars like he had an endless money pit to draw from. I certainly hope Snipes is awarded a new trial, and if the Prosecutor presents Starr as the key witness again, then we can assume that the defense can reveal the convictions this snake has plead to, because it would be relevant to the case. I would say he has a better than 90% chance of being found innocent. Good luck Mr.Snipes.

1504 days ago
18.

Spot    

Fine, give him a new trial and let him stay out of prison until it is over but set his bail at the amount he owes in cash. IF he wins the apeal then give him back the intrest his bail earned but keep every penny he owed.

1504 days ago
19.

Carvey    

How can you be convicted and sentenced and still be walking around when you're still only in the planning stages of an appeal?

1504 days ago
20.

B    

Go to jail already, you creepy jerk.

He's so sketchy-looking.

1504 days ago
21.

tonya    

I really do not understand on who these stars after so many years of not paying taxes. I mean come the hell on, i know before they made it big and famous they had a regular job and they were paying taxes then and filling taxes. So what they make it big and now they think that they do not have to pay taxes or even file a tax return. So now they make it big and they have to hire someone one to be in charge of THEIR MONEY!!!!I do not care if you make a **** load of money, you should know how much is in your account and what is being paid and etc... Every year he should be asking is accountant have you done my taxes and ask to see a copy..... His accountant should never know more about snipes money then he does. I do not feel sorry for him, they only thing i can say is i am sure a lot of those men in there have seen him in Too wong fu, he might have been an ugly girl in the movie but i am sure he will be someone girl. Don't bend down and pick up any soap. Get the soap on the rope.

1434 days ago
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pamthetaxlady    

This man is FINALLY going to jail! I'm sorry all of you who think he's somehow 'innocent', but this is a well known case in the tax preparation community. The guy is crying 'foul' because he thought his 'star' status would make it legal that he wouldn't have to be taxed on his income like any other American Citizen! He joined the 'tax-protester' movement and now has to pay the price. What he should have done when confronted was : file the tax returns, pay the taxes along with any penalties and interest like any other American!!

1434 days ago
23.

Blaqgem    

... their happy, so u know what you have to do... and make me proud.

1433 days ago
24.

Daniel Asamota    

It is a shame that every time someone black get in trouble with the IRS they can't make pay arrangements or make a deal like others can. They have to pay up RIGHT NOW! Nicholas Cage is having tax troubles and the IRS is not trying to put him in jail. Wesley used a service that was supposed to have LEGAL ways of saving him money on his taxes. Instead they tried to fleece him and the government and now the government has put Wesley in jail. It seems they take every opportunity to oppress somebody black regardless of the cir***stance or what. It's not right.

1356 days ago
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