Lawyer: Stephen Baldwin to avoid jail in tax case - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Lawyer: Stephen Baldwin to avoid jail in tax case

Posted: Updated:

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- Actor Stephen Baldwin will avoid prison and get up to five years to pay back taxes of about $350,000, his lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Russell Yankwitt spoke after a closed-door conference with prosecutors and a judge in Rockland County, N.Y. Baldwin was not at the conference.

Baldwin is accused of not paying New York state income taxes from 2008 to 2010.

Yankwitt said that under a tentative agreement, Baldwin will plead guilty this month to a tax felony.

He says if Baldwin pays the money within a year, his record will be wiped clean. If not, he will be sentenced to probation and given five years to pay back the money.

"He relied upon others. He no longer does that," the attorney said, citing an accountant and a previous lawyer. "He never intended to defraud the government. The government understands that."

Baldwin, of Grandview, N.Y., starred in 1995's "The Usual Suspects." He's the youngest of four acting Baldwin brothers.

Yankwitt, asked about how Baldwin will pay the taxes, replied, "He's doing commercials, he's acting."

"The economy is not what it was, and Mr. Baldwin is a faith-based actor, which makes it harder to get roles," said Yankwitt, describing Baldwin as a born-again Christian. "In the past he did movies that portrayed violence and drugs. He no longer does those types of movies."

Asked if the actor's brothers were helping out, Yankwitt said, "Mr. Baldwin is thankful for the love and support of his family."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • EntertainmentMore>>

  • Neil Young files for divorce after nearly 37 years of marriage

    Neil Young files for divorce after nearly 37 years of marriage

    Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi Young, E! News reports.
    Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi Young, E! News reports.
  • Rapper Joe Budden arrested

    Rapper Joe Budden arrested

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:52:27 GMT

    Rapper Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his ex-girlfriend's cell phone earlier this month. Police had been looking for the New Jersey resident since Aug. 18 after a heated argument with the woman inside his car in Washington Heights. After he was arrested on Wednesday, Budden apparently Tweeted several times from jail.

    Rapper Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his ex-girlfriend's cell phone earlier this month. Police had been looking for the New Jersey resident since Aug. 18 after a heated argument with the woman inside his car in Washington Heights. After he was arrested on Wednesday, Budden apparently Tweeted several times from jail.

  • Landmarks to light up for StandUp2Cancer telethon

    Landmarks to light up for cancer telethon

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:21:16 GMT

    More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Friday include Rockefeller Center, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The hourlong cancer fund-raiser will air Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks including FOX.

    More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Friday include Rockefeller Center, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The hourlong cancer fund-raiser will air Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks including FOX.

Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices