Screwed by Kenneth Starr – Wesley Snipes might find an unexpected benefit from his loss – NO PRISON TIME!

Smart man – Wesley Snipes – wasn’t so smart with his tax dodging that he avoided a lengthly prison sentence (which he is now appealing)…  But sometimes even some folks fall into dumb luck.  This may be the case for the actor – tax dodger – Wesley Snipes.

Go figure…  Facing three years in prison he just might win his appeal since one of the star (no pun intended) witnesses – Kenneth Starr – financial adviser to Mr. Snipes back in the ’90’s.  Kenneth I. Starr, who was arrested recently and charged with fraud and money laundering in federal court in New York, was Snipes’ financial advisor in the 1990s. Starr, a prosecution witness in Snipes’ 2008 tax-evasion trial, testified then that he told the movie star he needed to file tax returns, despite contrary advice the actor obtained from an anti-tax outfit.

Now, honestly, as a former CPA – Starr gave Snipes accurate and good advice.  But…Wesley Snipes is hoping that the arrest of his former financial advisor could help reverse the actor’s tax-charge conviction on which he has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The testimony by Starr, described by the prosecutor in his closing statement as “a competent tax professional,” was a major reason the jury convicted Snipes on three misdemeanor charges, said Robert Barnes, Snipes’ lead trial lawyer. His client was acquitted of felony charges in the case.  Barnes said he was confident the conviction would be overturned now that Starr had been arrested.

Starr “a competent tax professional” is now being discredited because of the Ponzi scheme he effected which, by the way, apparently cost Snipes some dollars.  Better lose money than time in prison.

Frankly, this is all a bit surreal, in that I, too, was a “competent tax professional” who (UNFORTUNATELY) effected a Ponzi scheme (back in the ’80’s) before it was the popular sheik thing to do.  But, when you do something wrong – and face conviction for the offense – it seems your credibility is destroyed and success of the past is surely in the past.

“Wes will pursue all legal remedies if the government doesn’t step up to the plate and drop these charges on its own,” said Barnes, who is with the Bernhoft Law Firm in Los Angeles.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Florida that prosecuted Snipes declined to comment on Starr’s arrest and said the government still intended to contest Snipes’ previously filed appeal.  But some legal experts said Starr’s arrest could benefit Snipes, who has not yet begun serving his sentence.

“It’s a nice thing to have landed in the laps of the defense,” said Ellen S. Podgor, a law professor at Stetson University who blogged on Snipes’ trial. “If this was in fact the star witness, and if the guy lied, then that’s pretty crucial.”

During the trial the defense contended that Starr had lied on the stand.

If Wesley Snipes gets off it will be a blow to the government and bolster the ranks of those who somehow feel that not paying or filing tax returns is actually OK.  Take it from one who spent time in prison for a tax crime – playing with the tax law is not a wise move.  Should Wesley face three years in prison for a misdemeanor?  Seems a bit of a stretch, but, for those who followed this case, Wesley did much more than not file returns…he tried to dodge the system entirely and was not nearly as dumb as he played himself to be.

But Starr’s failure might keep this star out of prison.  I’m sure that Wesley is thanking his lucky Starrs that this fell into his lap!


6 Responses to Screwed by Kenneth Starr – Wesley Snipes might find an unexpected benefit from his loss – NO PRISON TIME!

  1. Mike says:

    I don’t blame anyone for trying to avoid taxes. In my opinion, taxes take productive resources and make them less productive by politicizing them. Reduce government, the global empire, and get rid of the IRS and the Federal Reserve; This is the only way America can return to being a productive sovereign nation and not a quasi international state run by the offshore private banks.

  2. Pablo says:

    Chuck you DICK! Who would hire you? He wasn’t chaged with tax evasion! You tool. He was charged with failing to file a return for 3 years. A misdemeanor! The returns that Mr. Starr was supposed to file. Is that giving sound advice? Also DUMMY, it’s chic not “sheik.” You should be in jail for being STUPID!!

  3. Pablo says:

    I know you won’t post this but read before you write! PUSSY!

  4. Pablo says:

    You are a real piece of work! I just read your history no wonder you are so DUMB! He paid 30 million dollars in taxes the past 10 years. The amount in dispute was 240,000 dollars. But you are an IDIOT! A judgemental tax frauding IDIOT at that! He came to court with a check for 6.5 million dollars. The US attorney wouldn’t accept it. They wanted a trophy not a tax cheat! You are just the scoundrel trying to cast stones on someone else when you are a common criminal. Nothing more.

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