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Snipes begins prison for tax evasion

Actor Wesley Snipes began serving a 3-year sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania Thursday for failure to file tax returns.

Snipes, 48, arrived shortly before noon at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, federal prisons spokesman Ed Ross said. He had been ordered to surrender by noon, The Associated Press reports.

The minimum security prison camp is worlds away from the harsh prison fortresses depicted in the Snipes' films "Undisputed" and "Brooklyn's Finest." The camp doesn't have fences around its perimeter.

The 300 nonviolent inmates live in barracks that feature two-man rooms and daily showers.

Snipes, who earned a reported $13 million for the "Blade: Trinity" sequel, will have to adjust to earning just pennies an hour handling kitchen, laundry or other chores.

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