Not for the St. Valentine's Day massacre or alcohol running (as in the case of Capone.) They (i.e. the government) nailed him on tax evasion.
Not for a high flying lifestyle or his heretical beliefs (as in the case of Bakker). It was for overselling a time share hotel project and committing mail fraud when he filed a false tax return.
And so it is with Wesley Snipes, who was sentenced yesterday to three years in jail not for his past legal troubles including reckless driving and carrying a fake passport, but for not paying income taxes; in fact not bothering for filing to file a tax return. He was lucky to be acquitted on felony tax fraud unlike his co-defendants who set up a tax shelter in a deliberate attempt to evade taxes.
Too bad in a way, because he's a really talented actor as well as a martial arts expert, among his other gifts. He could have just admitted "his problem," had the matter referred before a tax tribunal at the IRS and paid a relatively small penalty in addition to the back taxes. It's not like he can't afford to pay.
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