Snipes faces jail over tax evasion

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Wesley Snipes has been ordered to start his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes. (AP)

Actor Wesley Snipes has been ordered to start his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes at a federal prison in Pennsylvania next week.

The US Marshal’s Office issued a notice ordering Snipes to voluntarily surrender at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania, by noon on December 9.

Snipes, 48, had tried unsuccessfully to remain free on bail while appealing his conviction to the US Supreme Court.

Snipes – who has starred in the “Blade” trilogy, “White Men Can’t Jump” and other films – was convicted in 2008 for wilful failure to file income tax returns.

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