Stephen Baldwin Faces a Possible 4 Years in Jail After Tax Evasion Arrest
Stephen Baldwin, The Usual Suspects star and contestant on 'Celebrity Big Brother 2010', has been very vocal about his evangelical Christian views, however his arrest for failure to pay his taxes, as reported by E!, leads us to question just how well he follows the word of the Lord. Of course, there's nowhere in the Bible that says 'You really must pay your income tax every year', but in the general moral fibres of the text, it's certainly implied.
If Baldwin had any doubts as to whether his tax would actually do any good, DA Tomas P. Zugibe has the answer: Yes, it would. "The defendant's repetitive failure to file returns and pay taxes over a period of several years contributes to the sweeping cutbacks and closures in local government and in our schools. My Office will continue to investigate and prosecute those who cheat our tax system for their personal gain." He said, "At a time when Rockland County and New York State face severe fiscal shortfalls, we cannot afford to allow wealthy residents to break the law by cheating on their taxes."
According to the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, NY Baldwin failed to pay his personal income tax from 2008-2010, which is leaving him with a bill of $350,000... although that includes penalties and interest. Although it's a hefty bill, the alternative that he's now facing is a jail term of up to four years. He's due to return to court on February 5th 2013.