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Wesley Snipes Begins 3-Year Prison Term For Tax Evasion

PTI 10 Dec 2010, 20:25:35 IST
London: Actor Wesley Snipes will begin serving his three-year sentence for tax evasion at a federal prison in the US state of Pennsylvania.

Snipes arrived shortly before a 1700 GMT deadline at the Federal Correction Institution McKean in Lewis Run, confirmed Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman, Ed Ross.

The 48-year-old star of the Blade films was convicted in Florida in 2008 of failing to file tax returns.

In a TV interview on Tuesday night, he said he was not nervous about reporting to prison.

"He'll go through an orientation process and will begin serving his sentence," the BBC News quoted Ross as saying.

Snipes's lawyer says the case contains irregularities and the White Men Can't Jump and Demolition Man actor will seek a review.

The prison houses 300 inmates, is minimum security and has no perimeter fencing. However, there are five roll calls a day, three of them overnight, Associated Press news agency reports.

Snipes, who earned millions for the Blade series, can spend less than $300 dollars a month in prison facilities.

"We recognise that he is high profile, but we treat all our inmates the same," a spokesperson for McKean, Shirley White, said.