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Tag: Wesley Snipes

Court of Appeals Upholds Actor Wesley Snipes’ Tax Conviction and Prison Term

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Actor Wesley Snipes is still in big trouble.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has  refused to overturn his conviction and three year prison term for tax evasion, Courthouse News Service reported. He was convicted of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001. An investigative report alleged that he tried hiding assets in foreign accounts.

Courthouse News Service reported that Snipes claimed in his appeal that the trial should have been held in New York, not Florida, and he should have gotten probation, not prison time.

“Although Snipes argues that there were mitigating factors that the judge did not specifically mention at sentencing, these facts – his college education, his family, and his charitable activities – do not compel the conclusion that the sentence … as substantively unreasonable,” Judge Stanley Marcus wrote, according to the news service.

Florida Fed Prosecutors Want to Limit Wesley Snipe’s International Party Plans

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes is simply a party animal. But federal prosecutors want to put a clamp on that partying — at least when it comes to overseas parties.

By The Associated Press
Prosecutors in Florida want a judge to restrict actor Wesley Snipes’ international travel because they say he attended a lavish party in Dubai while free on bond as he appeals a tax conviction.

Snipes attended the $20 million party last November for the opening of the $1.5 billion Atlantis Hotel resort, U.S. attorneys in Ocala, Fla., said in court filings, according to The Associated Press.

A jury convicted the action star last year of three counts of willfully failing to file his income taxes. Snipes is free on bond while he appeals the convictions and his 3-year prison sentence to the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta.

A federal judge last year said Snipes could travel only to London and Bangkok for work on the movies “Gallowwalker” and “Chasing the Dragon.” Federal prosecutors said Snipes traveled 2,000 miles from Thailand to Dubai to attend the party.

“Defendant Snipes abused the Court’s trust, and did so in a very public way,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in its motion.

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