Wesley Snipes ordered to begin 3-yr prison term for tax evasion

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 11:40 AM IST

London: Wesley Snipes has been ordered to begin serving a three-year jail term for tax evasion.

He has been asked to surrender at a federal prison in the US state of Pennsylvania.

The ‘Blade’ star was asked to report to a prison in Lewis Run on December 9, reports the BBC.

Snipes was convicted in 2008 for failing to file tax returns.

The 48-year-old actor had last week asked a judge to let him remain free on bail while he appeals to the US Supreme Court to overturn his conviction.

Snipes appealed to a court in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia after being found guilty by a jury in Florida. But the court upheld the conviction and sentence.

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

ANI