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Saturday 20 September 2014

Snipes released after tax sentence

Wesley Snipes had challenged the US government's right to collect taxes (AP)

Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison after serving time on tax charges.

Snipes, who was convicted in 2008, was released on Tuesday and placed under home confinement.

A Bureau of Corrections spokeswoman said he will be overseen by the New York Community Corrections Office until July 19.

Snipes entered prison in December 2010 to begin a three-year sentence for failure to file income tax returns.

Snipes belonged to a group that challenged the US government's right to collect taxes. US prosecutors say he failed to file returns for at least a decade and owed millions of dollars in back taxes.

The 50-year-old actor has appeared in dozens of films, including the blockbuster Blade trilogy.

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