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But U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for U.S. tax laws, and granted prosecutors the three year sentence they requested one year for each of Snipes' convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return.
"I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance," Snipes said.
Originally posted by mrwupy
The simple fact is they do make examples out of celebrities when taxes are involved.
Read the book, "The bridge across forever" by Richard Bach to get a lesson on the subject. He owed the IRS a million dollars and told them he'd pay it out, he'd have the money. They forced him into bankruptcy anyway simply because he was a well known author. Since he was being forced into bankruptcy, he quit writing and spent all the money he could fighting to save forests in the northwest U.S. It's a really bizarre story, at least the tax angle on it.
I suppose sometimes fame can be a burden as well as a blessing.
Originally posted by jimbo999
My guess is he's now Wesley's EX-acountant!!
Originally posted by xSMOKING_GUNx
PS mrwupy. notice my signature is from Jonathan Livingston Seagul?
n the late 90s, Snipes and his brother started a security firm called the Royal Guard of Amen-Ra dedicated to providing VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement, military, and martial arts.
In 2000, the business was investigated for alleged ties to an extremist religious cult called the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. It turns out that Snipes had spotted 200 acres of land with the intention to buy and use for his business academy, which were close to the aforementioned religious cult compound in Putnam County, Georgia. Both Snipes's business and the religious cult had Egyptian motifs as their symbols, which prompted people to hypothesize ties between them.
Snipes and his brother ended up not buying the land and established their company in Florida and Antigua, while the religious cult compound was raided in 2002 and their leader convicted.