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Wesley Snipes -- I Won't Be Home for the Holidays

12/6/2010 4:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley Snipes won't be getting the gift of freedom for Christmas -- because a judge just DENIED the actor's request to have his surrender date pushed back until after the holidays.

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Wesley filed the request last week -- asking a federal judge in Florida if he could begin his three-year prison sentence for tax evasion on January 6, 2011 instead of December 9, 2010.

Wesley's argument ... he has "four minor children" and didn't want to get locked up "in the middle of the holiday season."

But a judge didn't see it that way -- because according to documents filed today in Florida, the judge denied the request citing the fact that Wesley was originally sentenced over two-and-a-half years ago ... and therefore the actor had "all of that time to place his affairs in order."

The judge also wrote, "The sooner he begins his sentence, the sooner it will end."

Truism.

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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

well Iam a big time movie actor who thought he could beat the system and Ishould be home for christmas,,well you will be in 3 years ya bonehead..do the crime ya got to do the time

1230 days ago
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Tammy    

Wes,

Go do your time and get it over with. I think you should've started your time when you were first sentenced and you'd probably be out by now. I feel bad for your kids, but the IRS got Capone, so you should've known you were going inside and have your affiars in order. Besides, there is no good time for kids to have their father locked up. I agree with the judge.

1230 days ago
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Kari    

It is unfortunate he didn't think of the children when he tried to cheat the government and those of us who pay our taxes. Kudos to the Judge.

1230 days ago
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Patrick    

So he can be home on Christmas 2013, if he would start his Jailtime in January 2011 he would have to speend until January 2014.
Theoretically

1230 days ago
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Tammy    

well Iam a big time movie actor who thought he could beat the system and Ishould be home for christmas,,well you will be in 3 years ya bonehead..do the crime ya got to do the time

Posted at 11:42 AM on Dec 6, 2010 by MIDNIGHT TOKER

He did not commit the crime. His mistake was trusting his manager, who has since been indicted. I also find it disturing that the IRS secretly had this manager under investigaton for embezzling when they went after Snipes. Hence, they knew he was a crook and Snipes was his victim.

1230 days ago
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Joe    

Yo Wes, never "bet on black"...hahahahahahahahaha!!!

1230 days ago
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eyecandy    

#5- it's kinda like driving a car w/drugs in it...the po po doesn't care who's car it is, they want the driver..the driver is responsible for everything and everybody in that car...please grow up and accept responsibility....this attitude is what caused Wesley to go to jail!!!

1230 days ago
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Tammy    

3.
It is unfortunate he didn't think of the children when he tried to cheat the government and those of us who pay our taxes. Kudos to the Judge.

Posted at 11:48 AM on Dec 6, 2010 by Kari

Please get your information correct. The only lesson Snipes need to take from this is not to sign power of attorney over to anyone and always be aware of your finances. In hollywood, you can't even trust family b/c Dane Cooks's brother and brother's wife was just convicted and order to repay $12 million they stole as Dane's manager.

1230 days ago
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puddy    

well Iam a big time movie actor who thought he could beat the system and Ishould be home for christmas,,well you will be in 3 years ya bonehead..do the crime ya got to do the time

Posted at 11:42 AM on Dec 6, 2010 by MIDNIGHT TOKER

He did not commit the crime. His mistake was trusting his manager, who has since been indicted. I also find it disturing that the IRS secretly had this manager under investigaton for embezzling when they went after Snipes. Hence, they knew he was a crook and Snipes was his victim.

Posted at 11:51 AM on Dec 6, 2010 by Tammy

The problem Wesley had is he listened to that crap about the 861 tax argument. If he had just not paid taxes he would not have gotten jail time. But the government is going to lock up anybody that tries to use the 861 argument to avoid paying taxes to discourage other people from wasting the governments time trying to do it.

1230 days ago
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MrR    

Do not pass go ,do not collect $200 and go directly to jail

1230 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

Judge nailed it. He's had YEARS to get this over with. He could have surrendered himself January 6, 2010 and had nearly a year done already. I have no sympathy for someone who's been avoiding justice for this long.

1230 days ago
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Emm    

This f*cking idiots ego is unreal. Who does he think he is. He breaks the law using a bogus tax scream and the claims he didn't know anything. BullSh*t

These jackass that try to play the system, give him coal for Christmas. Florida is a haven for all of them.

Sympathy is located in the dictionary between Sh*t and syphilis.

1230 days ago
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TMZ dont like me    

Man, please!! Like Wesley actually spend more than 2 hours a year doing things with his kids, anyways, LOL. Stop stalling, bruh! Make like Simon Phoenix, and get to chain gang already!!

1230 days ago
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Tammy    

The problem Wesley had is he listened to that crap about the 861 tax argument. If he had just not paid taxes he would not have gotten jail time. But the government is going to lock up anybody that tries to use the 861 argument to avoid paying taxes to discourage other people from wasting the governments time trying to do it.

Posted at 11:58 AM on Dec 6, 2010 by puddy

Oh, puddy, don't get me started on the 861 argument. Wesley's problem was that he trusted his business manager instead of dealing with a "real" tax person. There are too mnay people with wealth who let others handle their money and don't know what the heck is going on until the government comes knocking. I think if you are going to pursue something that makes you millions, you need to be well-versed in all aspect of handling that much money. I mean, H&R Block could've told him it wasn't gonna fly, but he left it up to his crook of a manager.

1230 days ago
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CrisDizzle    

DAMN! JOHN LOCKER IS ONE STUBBORN BROTHA! THIS WILL NOT GO TO THE HOLE LIGHTLY!

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