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