Wesley Snipes begins prison term for tax evasion

Actor will serve three years in jail

Wesley Snipes has started his three-year jail sentence for tax evasion.

The actor headed into the Federal Correction Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania yesterday (December 9), reports BBC News.

The Blade star was convicted in Florida in 2008 of failing to file tax returns. His lawyer says the case contains irregularities and the actor will seek a review.

On Tuesday night the actor said the press had misrepresented his case and he was upset the legal system had not worked in his favour. Snipes made his claims during an appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live.

Snipes said he did not blame his accountants but had relied on them.

The White Men Can’t Jump star had appealed to a court in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia after being found guilty by the jury in Florida. The court upheld the conviction and sentence.

At the time of his conviction in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes had earned more than $37million (£24million) in gross income between 1999 and 2004, but had not filed tax returns or paid any federal taxes.