- DA: Stephen Baldwin did not file New York state income tax returns for 2008, 2009 and 2010
- Baldwin's attorney says the actor is "working diligently" to resolve the tax liability
- The tax liability is more than $350,000, the state says
- Baldwin produced a check for $100,000 Thursday as a "good faith" payment, his lawyer said
New York (CNN) -- Actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested Thursday on a charge of failing to file New York state personal income tax returns for three years, according to a statement released by the Rockland County district attorney's office.
According to the statement, Baldwin's alleged tax liability for failure to file in 2008, 2009 and 2010 is more than $350,000, including penalties and interest. The arrest was a result of an investigation conducted by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the statement said.
Baldwin pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Thursday in Nyack, New York, and was released on his own recognizance.
"Mr. Baldwin did not commit any crimes," his lawyer, Russel M. Yankwitt. said. "He is working diligently with the district attorney's office and the New York state commissioner of taxation and finance to resolve any remaining disputes," Yankwitt said.
Baldwin's lawyer said his client had cooperated in the year-long investigation that led to the charge and arrest. He said Baldwin did owe money to the government, but that no crime had been committed, as Baldwin did not have the intent to deceive.
Gallery: 9 tales of celebrity tax troubles
Baldwin had trusted paid professionals to handle his affairs, especially during the time he was on an island shooting the reality TV show "Survivor," Yankwitt said.
Baldwin produced a check for $100,000 Thursday as a "good faith" down payment on the money he owed, Yankwitt said.
Baldwin rode in his lawyer's car to the police station and was not handcuffed. The government agreed on a date convenient for both Baldwin and his attorney for the arraignment about a month ago, Yankwitt said.
Baldwin is due back in court on February 5, but hopes his continued work with the state will lead to an agreement on an amount owed, Yankwitt said. They hope to settle somewhere between $100,000 Baldwin paid Thursday and the $350,000 the state is claiming, Yankwitt said.
District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said Baldwin's failure to file returns and pay taxes had contributed to sweeping cutbacks and closures in local government agencies and schools.
"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," Zugibe said. Baldwin faces up to four years in state prison if convicted on the state felony charge.
And New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox said, "It is rare and unfortunate for a personal income tax case to require such strong enforcement measures in order to ensure compliance with our tax laws ... particularly in light of the fact that the vast majority of New Yorkers fulfill their filing requirements voluntarily."
The youngest of the four show-business Baldwin brothers, Stephen Baldwin is known for his 1994 role in the film "The Usual Suspects" and a 1989 appearance in the TV series "The Young Riders." He also has become a conservative political activist, launching a conservative talk radio show in 2008, and speaking at political events around the country.
- More sharing
Headlines Newsview all
Men's Wearhouse doesn't like the way its founder looks anymore. The men's clothier said Wednesday that it fired executive chairman and face of the company George ... Full story
Congressman saved by fellow Republican and GOP staffer after choking on popcorn in Capitol Hill canteenTexas Rep. Ted Poe has thanked Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon and House staffer Dr. Nick Muzin for jumping to his aid after he began choking By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:54 EST, 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:57 EST, 19 June 2013 0 View comments Saved: Rep. Ted Poe has thanked fellow Republicans for helping him as he choked on Capitol Hill A Texas...
Its not a tiger or a lion... its a liger! Mother gives birth to three adorable rare cubs which will grow to be among the largest cats in the worldThree liliger cubs were born at a zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia, recentlyThey are a hybrid of a lion and a liger - which is itself a lion/tiger hybrid By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 10:42 EST, 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:49 EST, 19 June 2013 76 View comments They may look familiar but these big cats are extremely unique and rare.This big cat mother...
Aldi sees off Waitrose to win best supermarket award for the second time in two weeks as judges declare 'its prices don't compromise on quality'Aldi named the UK's best supermarket in the Which? 2013 awardsIt beat Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons to win prizeLast week it won Best Supermarket in The Grocer AwardsBritain's shoppers flocking to unfashionable low-priced brandsSkoda named best car manufacturer and praised for value By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED: 10:49 EST, 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:34 EST, 19 June 2013 0 View comments Aldi...
Rate this article
Pictures & Photos Blog
A set of twins was captured in a video having the best time ever while playing with two rubber bands and kitchen cabinets. In the clip, ... Full story
Two bodies were discovered this morning at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. An employee at Dreyfoos found the bodies of ... Full story
A second person has died in the flash floods sweeping southwest France. Flash floods in southwestern France have closed a Catholic pilgrimage site at Lourdes and ... Full story
Barack Obama appeared exhausted this evening as the First Lady leaned over to rub something from his forehead during a state dinner at the end ...
Attorney Bob Fitzsimmons told MailOnline that Williams is turning the 'blame of rape back on the victim'Tennis star Serena Williams made the astonishing indictment of ...
Utah girl Millie Flamm, 7, with leukemia dies months after fulfilling dream of meeting Justin Bieber
Pop star visited Millie Flamm in a Utah hospital in January following a social media campaign after she was too sick to attend his concertMillie ...
[unable to retrieve full-text content]A cyber security professional named Brandon Dixon recently discovered an e-mail scam, apparently sent by the same group responsible for the ...
MOST POPULAR ON CAPITALBAY
USA StatesThis is a list of the United States and its Territories in alphabetical order:
United States LinksView Many useful US Links: