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Wesley Snipes Released from Prison After Serving Time for Tax Evasion

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Actor Wesley Snipes was released from prison on Tuesday after serving time for failure to pay his taxes, according to a report from BBC News.

Snipes, best known as playing the vampire and vampire hunter Blade in the movie trilogy of the same name, did not file his tax returns for over a decade, according to prosecutors. He owed the government millions of dollars in taxes.

He was jailed in Pennsylvania in 2010, but now the 50-year-old actor has to endure four months of house arrest to finish up his three year sentence.

Snipes lived in Florida at the time of his arrest, but court documents show that he'll be under the supervision of the New York Community Corrections Office, indicating that Snipes might reside in the Bronx, Brooklyn, or New Jersey during his house arrest.

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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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US Marshals Order Wesley Snipes to Begin Prison Sentence

Photo Courtesy - Paul Archuleta/ FilmMagic(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Wesley Snipes has been ordered by the U.S. Marshals Service in Orlando, Florida to turn himself in to a federal prison in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania on Dec. 9 to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns.

Snipes must check in to Federal Correctional Institution McKean by noon on that date or face additional charges, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Wednesday.

The actor, who ironically was on the run from authorities in the 1998 action-thriller film U.S. Marshals, also starred in the Blade trilogy, White Men Can't Jump and Jungle Fever.  He was convicted in 2008 of not paying taxes on more than $30 million in income.

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