What do Wesley Snipes and Al Capone Have in Common?

Yes, you got it in one. They were both sent to prison for tax evasion…


Wesley Snipes starts a three year prison sentence today

According to the BBC, at the time of his conviction in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes had earned more than $37m (£24m) in gross income between 1999 and 2004, but had not filed tax returns or paid any federal taxes. Since that time he has been fighting imprisonment but finally, today, his time ran out.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman, Ed Ross, confirmed Snipes had arrived, adding: “He’ll go through an orientation process and will begin serving his sentence”…

Capone was indicted for tax evasion in 1931

 Various police forces had tried and failed to get Capone sent to prison for any offence [this was before the coming of the FBI], so they settled for keeping him under lock and key for tax evasion.  The judge gave him an eleven-year sentence along with heavy fines, and liens were filed against his various properties. He died in prison in 1947.

James spent six-months in jail for tax evasion in 2008

In December 2008, porn actress Janine James began serving a six-month, federal prison sentence. The judge also ordered: that she live in a residential community corrections center for up to six months after her release from prison; that she complete one year of supervised release after that and she still owed the federal government $294,000 in back taxes.

These are not the only celebrities who are in danger of being sent to prison for tax evasion. Currently the following stars owe the tax man:

* Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor: $118,000
• Actor Burt Reynolds: $225,000
• Actor Stephen Baldwin: $1,084,009

• Actress Pamela Anderson: $1,952,000
• Golfer Jim Thorpe: $5,400,000
• Actor Nicolas Cage: $6,250,000

There are two thing certain in life, death and taxes. You can try to avoid one but you will never avoid the other!

 Pay the tax man what you owe him, it will leave more time for life!


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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One Response to What do Wesley Snipes and Al Capone Have in Common?

  1. hugh paxton says:

    Lock em up say I! Especially Zsa Zsa Cabor. Famous for being famous is one thing (and not terribly commendable) but I’ve always suspected she was the sort of rotting butterfly who under-tipped waiters and blithely walked through the world’s rain drops without getting wet. Time for a soaking!

    Perhaps I’m being a little harsh (I’ve got toothache and that never brings the best out of a man). I may revise my opinion more charitably after two excruciating hours at the dentist. Or I may then start advocating the death penalty.

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