Actor Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of 'Brooklyn's Finest' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Wesley Snipes has moved from prison to house arrest.
reports that the Federal Bureau of Prisons says Snipes was released on
April 2 and transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office,
which will oversee his home confinement, due to end on July 19.
50, was convicted of three misdemeanor counts back in 2008 for failing
to file tax returns from 1999-2001. During the three-year period, Snipes
cheated the government out of $7 million, reports New York's Daily News.
He lost an appeal for a retrial in 2010, which resulted in his being
sentenced to three years at a McKean Federal Correctional Institution in
Pennsylvania, where he was housed with roughly 290 white-collar
Snipes had been paying millions in federal income taxes
when, according to prosecutors, he accepted the arguments of his two
co-defendants, an accountant and an anti-tax ideologue. In lengthy
filings to the IRS, the three defendants claimed
they did not legally have to pay taxes, citing an obscure section of
the tax code that establishes that foreign sources of income for U.S.
citizens are taxable.