The Florida Sun
Central Florida’s Oldest African American Weekly Newspaper
Vol. 79, No. 50 www.floridasunreview.com December 16 - 22, 2010
Wesley Snipes Goes To Jail
By Roger Caldwell
Wesley Snipes was convicted taxes and billionaire Igor
in April 2008, and given the Olenicoff owed the IRS $52
maximum sentence possible million in back taxes.
after the prosecutors described They were able to work out
him as a truly “notorious a deal with the IRS, and did
offender”. He was convicted not go to jail, and were given
Wesley Snipes was not charg-
ed with tax evasion, which is
the refusal to pay a percentage
of your income tax for
personal reasons or not paying
taxes by using illegal means.
He was acquitted of most of
the serious charges, and not
found guilty on felony charges
of fraud and conspiracy with
his taxes. Many thought that
Snipes would get a stiff fine
and a short jail sentence. On Monday, December 13, at the Mildred Dixon Community Park, Orange County and
Nevertheless, he was thrown the Orlando Magic unveiled their fifth and final gym in the Central Florida community.
Wesley Snipes The community gyms were donated and built by the DeVos family and the Orlando Magic.
the book by the judge, and
of three misdemeanor counts many think that the judge is Champions of the Community partners, Disney Parks, GEICO, PepsiCo, AirTran Airways,
of willful failure to file income using Snipes as an example. It Florida Hospital and Harris Corporation supported the project. Orange County operates and
taxes. As a result, the judge was a fact that Snipes felt that maintains the centers. Shown above Orlando Magic President Alex Martins, Orange County
gave Wesley Snipes three paying taxes infringed on his Mayor Richard T. Crotty, Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd, Magic Community
years, even after he gave the personal liberties and he was Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw along with area youth joined together on
IRS $5 million to cover what against paying taxes. December 13 for the ribbon cutting of the fifth and final gym dedication. Photo by Gary
he owed and included his During 1999 to 2002, Snipes Bassing. See related story inside, page 3.
penalties. made almost $39 million in
Mr. Snipes had not paid his the movie business, and he
taxes from 1999 to 2004, but refused to pay income taxes.
he is not the first celebrity or When a celebrity refuses to
millionaire who has not paid pay his income taxes, he must
his taxes. Willie Nelson owed realize he is playing with fire
the IRS $16 million in back Continued On Page 2
Inside This Issue
Black Conservatives Renew Call
For Investigation Of The
Obama Justice Department
How I Found Out
Santa Claus Was A Fake
Architectural Firm Heads
Chicago Art Institute Project
Dr. Florence Alexander (3rd from left) continues to share her fortunes both monetary and
intellectual as she sponsored a FREE forum during a recent Women’s Empowerment Summit
Book Review: “Of Thee I Sing: held in her own 30,000 sq ft building, complete with four audio production studios and a full
A Letter To My Daughters soundstage. A review of the summit can be found at www.Angelempowermentacademy.com.
By Barack Obama Photo and caption by Jonathan Blount.
Urban Meyer Got It Right
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