Feds to judge: Give Snipes maximum penalty

Posted: April 17, 2008 in Hip Hop (No Sucka Shit)


WASHINGTON (CNN) — Federal prosecutors Tuesday urged a Florida judge to sentence actor Wesley Snipes to three years in prison and fine him $5 million to demonstrate to taxpayers that refusal to pay income taxes carries severe penalties.

Snipes is scheduled to be sentenced April 24 by U.S. District Judge William Hodges in Ocala, Florida, on three counts of failure to file federal income tax returns.

One week after vowing to crack down on “tax defiers,” the Justice Department filed court papers seeking the maximum penalty for the three misdemeanor counts on which Snipes was convicted.

“This case presents the court with a singular opportunity to deter tax fraud nationwide,” the government said in its sentencing recommendation.

Snipes had been charged with felony conspiracy counts for participating in a scheme that rejects the legal foundation of the tax system. However, a jury accepted his argument that he was innocently duped by errant tax advisers, and acquitted him on the most serious charges.

“For nearly a decade Snipes has engaged in a campaign of criminal tax conduct combining brazen defiance with insidious concealment,” the prosecutors say. “By these means Snipes has escaped paying more than $15 million in income tax to the IRS and has pursued an intended fraudulent harm to the United States Treasury of more than $41 million.”

Bonus dedicated to Snipes

  1. soune says:

    If I pay taxes, you pay taxes!!!!!!!! What makes you so special. Why do people feel that just because they have some fame, they don’t have to follow the same rules….

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