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Actor Wesley Snipes begins three-year term in Pennsylvania prison

LEWIS RUN, Pa. — Actor Wesley Snipes began serving a three-year sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania on Thursday for failure to file income tax returns.

Snipes, 48, arrived shortly before noon at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in the tiny northwestern Pennsylvania town of Lewis Run, federal prisons spokesman Ed Ross said. He had been ordered to surrender by noon.

According to U.S. prosecutors who convicted Snipes in an Ocala trial, the actor failed to file any tax returns for at least a decade, and owed $2.7 million in taxes on $13.8 million in income from 1999 to 2001 alone.

U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges saw in Snipes "a history of contempt" for U.S. tax laws, the judge said at sentencing.

He imposed consecutive one-year terms for the three misdemeanor convictions.

Actor Wesley Snipes begins three-year term in Pennsylvania prison 12/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:39pm]
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