The trials and appeals have ended and a judge in Florida has remanded Wesley Snipes, 48, to a federal prison for 3 years.
Snipes conviction involved charges of “willful failure” to file tax returns for tax years 1999 through 2001. He was found not guilty of five charges. During the period since 1999 he earned in excess of $38 million and filed no tax returns and made no tax payments.
Daniel Meachum, Snipes attorney, indicated to the Orlando Sentinel that the ruling was shocking. He further indicated he expected to appeal for a new trial. He advised, “Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive.”
U. S. District Court Judge Terrell Hodges stated in his ruling, “The defendant had a fair trial. The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.” The judge ordered Snipes to report to prison as directed by the U. S. Marshals Service or Bureau of Prisons.
According to a bureau of prisons spokesman, Snipes and his attorney can expect to receive certified mail indicating when and where to surrender. The Federal Bureau of Prisons already has a listing for Snipes posted on its site. His registration number is 43355-018, he is considered “in transit” and his release date is stated as “unknown.”
Tax Wisdom – There is plenty of evidence to suggest that we are facing a rising tide of corporate and individual behavior that makes going to any lengths to not pay taxes an acceptable activity.
–Larry R. Levitan