Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Snipes released after tax sentence

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