Wesley Snipes Headed To Federal Prison On Tax Evasion Charges, In Transit!?
Blade and New Jack City actor Wesley Snipes it prepping to get hauled off to federal prison over his tax evasion charges after appealing it on several occasions.
Wesley Snipes who got his start alongside Goldie Hawn in the 1986 movie Wildcats based off the real-life Memphis Coach Shirley McCray, has been battling his tax evasion case for the last two years and it seems U.S District Judge Terrell Hodges, who has been lenient to Snipes (who has also been out on bail the past two years), now feels that Snipes has had a fair review of his case.
On Friday, it was ordered for Snipes to begin serving his three-year sentence, however there was no surrender date set although he is listed as in transit (awaiting the judge’s ruling).
Wesley Snipes, who acted in White Men Can’t Jump, Jungle Fever, Passenger 57 and other movies, is being charged with 8 counts of tax fraud for allegedly trying to cheat the IRS out of approximately $7-$14 million dollars and failing to file tax returns from 1999 – 2004.
In February of 2008, Snipes was convicted and sentenced to 3 years after not making payments based on his multi-million dollar income and has been battling the case since then.
Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes is in transit after being ordered to surrender to the U.S. Marshals or the Federal Bureau of Prisons and more information will be available when the final ruling is made.
Wesley Snipes isn’t the first celebrity to get sentenced for taxes and most certainly will not be the last. Most recently singer Ronald Isley was released from federal prison after being sentenced to 37 months in prison for tax evasion. Reality TV show winner of Survivor, Richard “Rich” Hatch, was charged with filing a false tax return after winning $1 million on the show and another $300K from radio show appearances from WQSX-FM. The reality star also failed to report income from rental property amongst other things and, in exchange for a lessor charge, he plead guilty. In 2006, Hatch was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes attorney Daniel Meachum states that his client, who is surely putting up a fight, is not in prison and he is doing his best to keep him out and have the ruling overturned.