In the 1990s, Wesley Snipes was a popular box-office attraction thanks to such movies as "White Men Can't Jump" and the "Blade" trilogy. However, what many people didn't know was that when he wasn't slaying vampires, he was giving the slip to Uncle Sam. He failed to file tax returns between 1999 and 2006, and prosecutors claimed that during those years, $38 million worth of income had gone unreported.
Snipes justified the nonpayment in a 2006 statement in which he claimed he was "a nonresident alien" of the United States. In reality, he was born in Florida. He also stated the U.S. government had "no lawful authority to impose any kind of criminal sanctions" and that he had no income for the U.S. government to legitimately tax. The courts didn't see it that way, and on Feb. 1, 2008, he was convicted of three misdemeanor charges of failure to file income tax returns. He was released from prison in April 2013.