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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Here's A Dozen Celebrities Thrown In Jail For Lower Tax Debts Than Al Sharpton, WHY IS HE FREE?

Whether it be debts to the IRS, New York State, landlords or venders, racial agitator and faux "reverend" Al Sharpton doesn't believe he should have to pay his bills. According to the NY Times the man who led two anti-Semitic pogroms in NYC continues to rack up his debts. In fact the Sharpton owes more money than other famous people who were thrown in Jail for non payment of taxes.
Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

Fox Business together a fun list of six famous people who were thrown in jail for a tax debt much lower than the faux reverend of MSNBC.  The list looked too short so I fond six more and made it a dozen.

  • Chuck Berry: In 1979, the rock legend served a five-month sentence at California’s Lompoc Prison Camp after he was found guilty of evading $200,000 in taxes. Berry was also ordered to do 1,000 hours of community service upon his release.
  • Pete Rose: In 1990, the former Cincinnati Red star and manager pleaded guilty to two felony charges of filing false federal tax returns. Rose spent five months in a Marion, Ill., federal prison; he was also fined $50,000. Rose had failed to report on his tax returns $354,968 in income from selling memorabilia and autographs, as well as personal appearances (his gambling resulted in a lifetime ban from baseball).
  • Richard Hatch: In 2006, this “Survivor” reality star was convicted of tax evasion and tax fraud for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million-plus in “Survivor” winnings. Hatch was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison. He served just over three years before his release in 2009. Hatch was then ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 tax returns, but did not do so. He was eventually ordered back to jail in 2011 to serve nine months, and left jail on supervised release. By that time, together with penalty and interest, Hatch owed close to $2 million in back taxes.
  • Leona Helmsley: In 1992 a federal judge sentenced Leona Helmsley to four years in prison (an initial 16-year sentence was reduced on appeal) after her tax evasion conviction. The billionaire real estate heiress was charged with avoiding $1.2 million in taxes after claiming $2.6 million in ineligible business expenses, including personal items. Helmsley also was ordered to do 750 hours of community service and was slapped with a $7.1 million fine. Helmsley served 21 months and was released in January 1994. She was quoted by her maid at trial as saying: “We don’t pay taxes, only little people pay taxes.
  • Lauryn Hill In 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of failure to file tax returns on $1.8 million in earnings between 2005 to 2007. Even though the founding member of the Fugees had argued she nearly paid off her taxes before sentencing, Hill was sentenced to three months in prison. Her sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009, which brought the total owed to roughly $2.3 million. Hill served her three-month sentence in a federal prison in Danbury, Conn. in 2013. Upon release, she also spent three months in home confinement as part of her parole.
  • Ron Isley: In 2006, the lead singer of The Isley Brothers (“Who’s That Lady”) was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file tax returns for tax years 1997–2002, amounting to $3.1 million not reported. Isley was sentenced to three years and one month, served three years behind bars, and was released in April 2010. Isley’s attorney had pleaded for leniency because Isley had been attempting to pay down his IRS debt. Defense attorney Anthony Alexander also had argued that the 65-year-old singer should receive probation instead of prison time because of complications from a stroke and a bout with kidney cancer. But the judge on his case, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson, declined to sentence the R&B singer to less time than called for under federal guidelines. "The term serial tax avoider has been used. I think that's
  • Darryl Strawberry: The former New York Mets outfielder who wasted a promising career on drugs,  pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion and was sentenced to three months in prison and three months of house arrest. He acknowledged that he had not paid more than $100,000 in owed federal taxes after knowingly failing to report more than $350,000 in income from autograph shows and other promotional appearances from 1986 to 1990. He was originally indicted on three counts of evasion and conspiracy.
  • Wesley Snipes: In 2008, the actor was convicted of three misdemeanor counts for failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001, cheating the government out of $7 million. He appealed for retrial and lost in 2010, which resulted in a three-year sentence at a McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania, where he was housed with about 290 white-collar inmates. He moved from prison to house arrest in April 2013.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. The former Representative (D–IL) pled guilty on Feb. 20, 2013 for fraudulently obtaining $750,000 of funds from his election campaign, and his wife, Sandra Jackson, pled guilty to one count of tax fraud for covering up the receipt of those funds from 2006 to 2011. Jesse was sentenced to 30 months in prison, while his wife was sentenced to one year.
  • Joe Francis: (The Girls Gone Wild guy)In September 2009, Francis pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of filing a false return and bribery. He received credit for time served (331 days)  In November 2009, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero accepted Francis’ plea including $250,000 in restitution to the IRS.
  • Richard Pryor: The late comic genius told the judge he didn't pay his taxes because he forgot, the judge said go directly to jail for ten days so he'll remember the next year.
  • Al Capone: It had nothing to do with Elliot Ness. Capone was convicted and, in November 1931, was sentenced to eleven years in federal prison, fined $50,000 plus $7,692 for court costs, and, in addition, was held liable for $215,000 plus interest due on his back taxes 
So the question becomes why did these guys serve time and Sharpton runs free? He was not arrested for inciting riots at Crown Heights, for aiding and abetting the seven murders at Freddy's Fashion Mart?  Why does this criminal always get away with everything. He owes $4.5 million for God's sake. Come on IRS, America need to see this criminal walking with a cop holding each arm, in handcuffs, his face being covered with a jacket or paper bag--an Al Sharpton perp walk.  The guy has earned it.


Jeff Dunetz said...

He wouldn't cover his face. Nothing shames him.

Jeff Dunetz said...

Eugenics is the REASON for global warming scheme.

Jeff Dunetz said...

They'd need slaves , too .

Jeff Dunetz said...

Really? How do you know what "Liberals" want? Is it all of them, 2 or them, or 1,038,487 of them?

I'll await your data on this topic.

Jeff Dunetz said...

The real problem would be the countries upon which they are focusing their attention. The women in many of these countries have limited rights over their lives, or are chattel. They cannot "choose" birth control.

Jeff Dunetz said...

“It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” – Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace.

“We have wished, we eco-freaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion—guilt-free at last!” – Steward Brand, writing in the Earth Catalog.

“Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” - Dave Forman, founder of Earth First.

Jeff Dunetz said...

Holdren & Ehrlich’s 1977 book, entitled Ecoscience, and verified the quotations and page citations provided in the FrontPage Magazine.

Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.

It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society.

Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.

Jeff Dunetz said...

Actually they are Eco-Socialist. Their vision is a Post Capitalist Utopian conformist society. Their most pressing challenge, how to redistribute wealth from the producers to the parasites.The liberal billionaire who clamors about sustainability likes progress. What he dislikes is the middle class with its mass produced cars and homes, cheap restaurants full of fatty foods and television sets and daily deliveries of cardboard boxes full of stuff and shopping malls. He thinks, in all sincerity, that they would be happier and more spiritually fulfilled as peasants. Beneath all the empty chatter about social riches and sustainability is that need to impose progressive misery. Beneath the glossy surface of environmentalism is a vision of the American middle class learning to dig through bags of garbage, the detritus of their consumerism for which they must be punished, to become better people.

Jeff Dunetz said...

Maybe you, Armstrong, need a slave.
The rest of us do not.

Jeff Dunetz said...

One of the immediate solutions is changing our diet Meat: beef, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs production causes 50% of global warming. 70% of fresh water, 40% of arable land and 60% of grain worldwide is used to feed livestock. Animal based diet is the cause of top 5 causes of death in developed nations; cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, immune and Alzheimers. If we changed our diet, there would be enough to feed al, and reduce global warming by half. This will give us funding for education and give respite to the planet to heal itself.
Yes, family planning is most key, however, EUGENICS is not the answer. THIs would pit humans, causing further social degradation. A rule of thumb: 1 or maximum 2 children per new families, would assure human sustainability, for at our exponential rate of population growth, "At the rate of we are going now, THERE IS NO CHANCE for humanity to survive by the end of the century" ( Bill Clinton CITIES meeting..