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Wesley Snipes ordered to jail next week to serve 3 years for tax evasion

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12/01/2010 by Corinne Heller

Wesley Snipes was ordered on Wednesday to surrender voluntarily by noon on December 9 at a federal prison in Pennsylvania to begin his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes.

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The 48-year-old star of the "Blade" films was ordered last week to report for jail to begin serving time after his request for a new trial was denied, although he was not told specifically when to do so.

Snipes lost an appeal regarding his case in July after a court upheld his 2008 conviction, during which prosecutors said the actor owed some $2.7 million in back taxes that he refused to pay and had earned $38 million since 1999.

Snipes has apologized, saying he was "unschooled in the science of law and finance". He added that he thought the sentence was unreasonable and he should have been considered for probation.

His lawyer had recently asked a federal judge to allow Snipes to remain free on bail as he prepares for a possible second appeal. Snipes has until December 28 to file one.

They had also tried to seek a new trial for the actor, saying they believed two jurors prejudged the case, and brought $5 million in three envelopes to court on the day on his sentencing, which were accepted by Internal Revenue Service agents. The lawyers say Snipes' tax filings are now current.

Snipes recently starred in the movies "Game of Death" and "Gallowwalker". He is also attached to the movie "Chronicles of the Mayan Tunnel," which is due in 2012, and "Master Daddy", a 2011 film that also stars fellow action flick icon Chuck Norris.

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