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Actor Wesley Snipes to report to Pennsylvania prison on December 9

By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Department Producer
  • Snipes is to serve three years after being convicted on misdemeanor charges
  • He failed to file tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001
  • His motion for a new trial was rejected

Washington (CNN) -- Actor Wesley Snipes will begin serving a three-year prison sentence December 9 for failing to file income tax returns, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Snipes was ordered by the U.S. Marshals Service in Orlando, Florida, to report to Federal Correctional Institution McKean at Lewis Run, Pennsylvania, by noon on that date or face additional charges.

In 2008, Snipes was convicted of misdemeanors for failure to file tax returns in 1999, 2000, and 2001 but was acquitted of felony charges.

In November, a federal judge rejected a bid by Snipes, 48, to win a new trial.

At his sentencing, prosecutors said Snipes had earned nearly $40 million since 1999, but had filed no tax returns. The government said Snipes had been involved with a tax resisters organization.

Snipes is best known for his roles in "Blade" action films, comedies including "White Men Can't Jump" and the drama "Jungle Fever."