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Actor Wesley Snipes was cleared of the most serious charges in his criminal tax evasion trial, but he's still going to do spend some time in the pokey.

Yesterday, a federal judge William Terrell Hodges of Federal District Court.sentenced him to 3 years in prison for willfully failing to file a tax return. That's the maximum sentence for the 3 misdemeanor counts, and it seems that the judge is looking to make an example of Snipes. He also must pay $17 million in back taxes plus interest and penalties.

Mr. Snipes' lawyer said he would appeal.

Wesley Snipes is the most prominent example in years of the government's efforts to crack down on tax deniers -- people who claim that they are not obligated to pay taxes.

For some examples of the arguments tax deniers use -- and why they don't work, check out this great series from Tracy Coenen.

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