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Thursday
Dec092010

Actor Wesley Snipes Reports to Pennsylvania Federal Prison

Photo Courtesy - Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LEWIS RUN, Pa.) -- Award-winning actor Wesley Snipes added a less prestigious line to his resume Thursday: Bureau of Prisons inmate No. 43355-018.

Snipes, best known for his roles in the Blade trilogy, surrendered shortly before noon Thursday at a federal prison in Pennsylvania where he will serve a three-year sentence for failing to file his taxes.

Snipes, 48, was convicted in April 2008 of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income taxes and has spent the last two years unsuccessfully trying to appeal the ruling.

But the wait is over for Snipes, who was required to hand over his street clothes for a prison uniform as he settles into his new home at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run, Pa.

While Snipes will be booked into McKean, he will end up in the adjacent satellite minimum security prison camp, according to Federal Bureau of Prison spokesman Edmond Ross.

Ross said Snipes was processed "without incident" and is going through inmate orientation before being assigned a bunk.

Larry Levine, a former 10-year federal inmate and founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants, said Snipes is certainly going to one of the nicer prisons, one often dubbed a "Club Fed."

"'McKean the dream,' that's what we call it," said Levine, who served time most recently at a federal detention center in California for a securities conviction and has reportedly advised criminals as high-profile as Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff.

"It's a nice place, but it's definitely not like checking into a hotel," said Levine of the camp, which houses about 290 white-collar male criminals in dormitory-style living quarters.

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