Wesley Snipes, who got busted for not paying his federal taxes back in 2008, was ordered yesterday to finally report to prison to begin serving his 3 year (!!!) sentence. Here is the surprisingly smiley mug shot that Wesley posed for before he got thrown into the slammer late yesterday:
Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence for a felony tax conviction after a Florida judge rejected his bid for a new trial. “The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial … The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges said in his ruling. He ordered the star of the “Blade” trilogy to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshal’s Service or Bureau of Prisons, but it was not immediately clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his time behind bars. Snipes had already lost his appeal of the prison sentence stemming from his conviction in 2008 in an Ocala, Florida, court on three misdemeanor tax charges for failing to file income tax returns for 1999 through 2001. In seeking a new trial, Snipes’ lawyer, Daniel Meachum, had argued that jurors in the original trial were biased and that the prosecution’s star witness had his own criminal problems. At his sentencing in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes, a resident of Windermere, Florida, had earned more than $38 million since 1999 but had filed no tax returns nor paid any taxes.
Dang … 3 years is a long time … but if Wesley had started serving his sentence back when he was convicted, he’d be almost out of prison by now. Tax evasion is no joke here in the US. Don’t eff with the IRS, y’all. They don’t care how much money you have, they don’t care what your excuses are … you pay your taxes or they will throw your ass in PRISON for a long time. We may let drunk drivers get away with murder in this country, we even sometimes let murderers get away with murder in this country … but we do NOT let people get away with not paying their taxes. Believe that.