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Records: Al Sharpton owes millions in back taxes (CNN.com)

  • Story Highlights
  • Al Sharpton, business entities owe millions of dollars in overdue taxes, AP reports
  • Sharpton’s lawyer, nonprofit group dispute size of debt
  • Sharpton says U.S. government is trying to intimidate him

NEW YORK (AP) — Big corporations give him money. Presidential candidates seek his endorsement. He has influential friends in Congress and the governor’s mansion.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton has emerged over the past decade as perhaps the nation’s most prominent civil rights leader, a status that was demonstrated again this week when he led protests against police brutality that briefly shut down six of Manhattan’s major bridges and tunnels.

But he still carries baggage from his early days as a fire-breathing agitator: Government records obtained by The Associated Press indicate that Sharpton and his business entities owe nearly $1.5 million in overdue taxes and associated penalties.

Now the U.S. attorney is investigating his nonprofit group, an inquiry that an undeterred Sharpton brushes off as the kind of annoyance that civil rights figures have come to expect from the government…

 

Al Sharpton Tax Evasion (CNN)

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Wesley Snipes Sentenced to 36 Months-Long Prison Term By FL Judge (WSJ Lawblog)

This just in: Actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced earlier today to 36 months in prison by a Florida judge. Snipes was convicted in February on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns, though he was acquitted on two larger felony counts. Here’s an account from the Orlando Sentinel. Click here, here and here for earlier posts on the Passenger 57 star and his tax troubles.
According to the Sentinel, defense lawyers reportedly submitted 39 pages of testimonials on behalf of the movie star — a list that included not only show-business figures but also high-school friends, acquaintances and employees, including his tailor and driver.
Defense lawyers had urged Snipes receive probation. Federal prosecutors had asked for three years.

 

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