Wesley Snipes has reportedly been put into federal custody to begin his 3 year prison sentence for tax evasion. The news was confirmed by Traci Billingsley, Chief Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Prisons, who told sources:
“Wesley Snipes has self surrendered to the minimum security Federal Prison Camp at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, in Bradford, Pennsylvania.”
Wesley Snipes has been taken into custody by federal authorities — and is “in transit” to a federal prison, where he will begin to serve his 3-year sentence for tax crimes … TMZ has confirmed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
As we previously reported, a judge ordered Snipes to surrender earlier today … after the actor spent years appealing a conviction on multiple tax evasion charges.
To be honest, I am not really sure what this shit means, except he does not have to surrender himself to finally do the jail time he was sentenced to two years ago for massive tax evasion. I think…
An appellate court upheld Snipes’ conviction and sentence last month, but on Aug. 5, U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges gave Snipes’ camp 20 days to file a motion for a new trial, after which prosecutors would have 20 days to respond.
Hodges also said at the time that he would refrain from ruling on any motions from either side, such as one to revoke Snipes’ bond (prosecution) and another for permission to question trial jurors about any preexisting bias (defense).
Today, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled that all of the pending motions preempted the prison sentence for now and no new surrender date was set.
Can anyone explain that? In English please….
…for tax evasion. The actor’s appeal to serve jail time has been denied by a federal appeals court.
Snipes was found guilty in 2008 of not filing tax returns from 1999 to 2001 and failed to pay the government nearly $12 million. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
However, Wesley thought that his sentence was “unreasonable” and took the case to appeals court.
Unfortunately for him, the judge backed the original court ruling and shot down his claims that his sentencing was too severe.
So, looks like Wesley will be serving some hard time behind bars, but no word yet on when he is to report to jail.
Well, at least he knows about 4 martial arts and can take care of himself.