White men really can't jump. But Wesley Snipes can jump to avoid tax evasion charges by the U.S. government. Alas, he was eventually...

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Jail. Prison. The clink. The slammer. Lockup. The brig.

Up the river. The pen. The pound. The black hole.

Call it whatever you'd like, but for the 19 celebrities listed below, the Big House has simply been called home at least once in their lives ...

Lil Wayne
The possession of drugs and weapons on his tour bus put Lil Wayne in jail for five months. That's fewer months than children the rapper has out of wedlock.

With Teresa Giudice having been sentenced to over a year in prison last week, we thought we'd try to comfort The Real Housewives of New Jersey star by at least proving that she isn't alone.

Plenty of famous people have spent time behind bars, for offenses that range from drunk driving to weapons possession; and for terms that lasted from two years to, well, three hours.

Who devoted a good portion of their lives to watching their back? Which star was without her freedom for a shorter duration than it would take to watch The Wolf of Wall Street?

Cycle through the above gallery and find out now!

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Wesley Snipes has officially been released from prison.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms he was let out April 2 and transferred to the N.Y. Community Corrections Office, which will oversee his house arrest.

On July 19, the troubled actor will truly be a free man.

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If you recall, Snipes was sent to McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania after he was convicted for failing to file federal income tax returns.

Tax evasion. It's not sexy as crimes go, but it's got teeth.

Dude has been in there since December 2010!

April 15. Mark it on your calendars, THGers.

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From Passenger 57 to Inmate Number 43355-018...

Despite numerous attempts to overturn his conviction, including a last-minute plea on Larry King Live this week, Wesley Snipes is officially a ward of the state. He checked into McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania today.

Federal Bureau of Prison spokesman Edmond Ross said the processing of the actor - who has been sentenced to three years for failure to file taxes - went off "without incident."

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He's already been Passenger 57. But, soon, Wesley Snipes will getting another number, of the inmate variety.

The action star, who tried his hardest to avoid a prison sentence on tax evasion charges, has been ordered to begin serving his three-year stint at a federal prison in Pennsylvania on December 9.

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All attempts by Snipes and his attorneys to overturn his 2008 conviction failed, as prosecutors allege the actor did not pay any taxes on the reported $38 million he earned from 1999 on.

"The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial... The time has come for the judgment to be enforced," wrote U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges.

Indeed, for Snipes, it's time to get off the Money Train.

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He may have proven that white men can't jump, but Wesley Snipes has also made it clear that felons can't avoid jail time.

The actor - who was convicted of tax evasion in 2008, but spent years going to extreme lengths to avoid his sentence - had his latest appeal rejected by a federal judge this week.

Told he “had a fair trial” and that “the time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” Snipes will finally be heading to the clink.

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“Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive,” his lawyer told The Orlando Sentinel.

It’s unclear when or where Snipes will start serving the sentence. So much for always betting on black, though.

UPDATE: A judge has ordered Snipes to start serving this sentence by December 9.

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Wesley Snipes really doesn't want to go to prison.

Not that anyone does. But Snipes is going to ridiculous legal lengths to avoid serving a three-year prison term for tax evasion. His first appeal, of the conviction itself, failed. Now he's challenging the length of the three-year sentence.

Here's his defense in a nutshell:

  • Not paying taxes for five years (when you're rich no less): Eh.
  • Going to jail for three years: So harsh! Lay off, government!

Seriously. The 47-year-old actor's lawyers are calling the sentence "unreasonable" and claiming that his trial should have taken place in New York, not Florida.

Never mind that Snipes' records show he lived in both states or that he had ample time to request a venue change in the years-in-the-making trial's location.

Come on, Wesley Snipes. It's over, man.

"The right to a correct venue is part and parcel to the right to a jury trial," Snipes' attorney, Peter Goldberger, said of Snipes, who is still free on $1 million bond.

The prosecution, meanwhile, shot down Goldberger's claim, saying that no amount of whining over the justly chosen venue can reverse Snipes' tax wrongdoing.

"Wesley Snipes received a fair trial and fair sentence," Asst. U.S. attorney Patricia Barksdale said. "His numerous appeals do not make that sentence erroneous."

Snipes was sentenced in April of last year after a jury determined that the actor failed to file returns on at least $13.8 million in income between 1999-2004.

At least his White Men Can't Jump quotes should be popular in jail.

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All of a sudden, Miley Cyrus giving fans a glimpse of her bra doesn't seem like that big a deal in the world of entertainment news.

Actor Wesley Snipes has been sentenced to three years in prison as punishment for failing to file his tax returns. The actor sat stone-faced â€" while many in the courtroom gasped â€" when the sentence was read.

"I'm very sorry for my mistakes and errors. I apologize to my family, the court and the community," Snipes said.

"I've asked the court to show me mercy and the opportunity to make things right."

Alas, the court imposed the maximum penalty allowed by law.

Fortunately, Wesley Snipes can use his basketball skills from White Men Can't Jump to make new friends in jail.

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Snoop Dogg may have company in the slammer soon.

Wesley Snipes was finally arrested Friday in Florida on charges of tax fraud, Steve Cole, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa, Fla., told People magazine.

The actor had been filming a movie in Namibia despite the warrant for his arrest on charges of trying to cheat the government out of nearly $12 million in false refund claims and failing to file returns from 1999 through 2004.

Pretty lame crime, if you ask us. At least Snoop carried a few glocks and threatened Suge Knight.

Anyway. Snipes flew into Orlando last week and voluntarily surrendered to police.

We'll keep you apprised of the developments because we know everyone out there is hoping for a Money Train 2.

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Namibia: Great for giving birth and avoiding the authorities!

So the slogan for that nation should read. First, Brangelina camped out there before Angelina Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel.

Now Wesley Snipes has been spotted in Swakopmund, Namibia. He was seen posing with a local artist in a gym, as the actor avoids the long arm of US justice in the African nation, whether he means to or not.

The White Men Can't Jump star also signed another photo that he took with the artist with the following inscription: "From one great artist to another ... long life and bright light, Wesley Snipes."

One great artist to another? Guess that rules out Brooke Hogan as the artist he was hanging out with.

The next bright light Snipes faces, of course, might be that of U.S. marshals seeking his arrest, as he is wanted here on charges of tax fraud. Joanne Reay, one of the producers of Gallowwalker, the film on which Snipes is working in Nambia, told the Associated Press:

"As far as we understand, Wesley is not going to be arrested in Namibia."

Perhaps he should give Brad Pitt a call in that case. He may need recommendations on local dining and housing. We have a feeling Snipes may be hanging out there for awhile.

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That's right. Wesley Snipes is officially a fugitive of justice.

According to the U.S. Attorneys office, a warrant was issued for him last week after the government filed charges that the actor defrauded the IRS of millions of dollars. The star is accused of failing to pay nearly $12 million in taxes.

Officials allege that Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds in 1996 and 1997, and then failed to file returns between 1999 and 2006.

According to the eight-count indictment obtained by TMZ, the venerable gossip hounds who broke the Mel Gibson scandal, Snipes and two other defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile, are accused of attempting "through deceit, craft, trickery, and dishonest means to make it appear as if Snipes had no liability for federal income taxes, when in fact defendant Snipes had such liability."

Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years. As for the whereabouts of the three men, rumer has it that Snipes may be on the lamb.

THG NOTE: He's riding a sheep? Nice one, TMZ.

One thing's for sure -- he's gonna be hard to capture, spending evenings underground, killing vampires and such. And riding the money train, and a passenger jet.

Always bet on black, b!tches. Always bet on black!

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