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Anderson, Richie make list of California tax scofflaws
Pamela Anderson and Lionel Richie owe the government money.
California tax authorities said Miss Anderson owes $524,241 in personal income taxes, according to the Associated Press. The Franchise Tax Board included the “Baywatch” star on a list of the state’s 500 biggest income-tax delinquents, posted Friday.
Meanwhile, E! Online reports that Mr. Richie owes the federal government $1.1 million in unpaid taxes and that a lien has been issued warning that the singer’s assets may be seized if he doesn’t pay up in a timely manner.
A message seeking comments from Mr. Richie’s publicist wasn’t returned immediately Saturday. A call to Miss Anderson’s tax attorney, Robert Leonard, wasn’t returned immediately.
California law requires tax authorities to update and publish the names and amounts owed by the state’s 500 biggest tax scofflaws twice a year.
“When taxpayers do not pay their fair share, it places an unfair burden on those who do,” the tax board said on its website, which said the 500 owe the state nearly $233 million.
Other notable names on California’s tax-delinquent list include CNET co-founder Halsey Minor; Joe Francis, founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” video empire; actor Nick Cassavetes; and boxer James Toney.
Mr. Minor and his wife, Shannon, are on top of the list for owing the state $10.5 million in personal income taxes.
Mr. Francis owes $794,000; Mr. Cassavetes, the son of filmmaker John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands, owes $273,000; Mr. Toney owes $354,000.
Convictions upheld in Stamos blackmail case
A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a man and woman from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who were accused of trying to blackmail actor John Stamos.
A three-judge panel in Cincinnati rejected challenges to the indictment Monday as well as claims that Allison Coss and Scott Sippola should have received a break at sentencing for accepting responsibility.
They were sentenced to four years in prison in 2010 after a jury convicted them of conspiracy and using email to threaten a person’s reputation. Ms. Coss and Mr. Sippola threatened to sell old photos of Mr. Stamos with strippers and cocaine to the tabloids unless he paid $680,000. The FBI said the photos didn’t exist.
Mr. Stamos met Ms. Coss in Florida in 2004 and they became friends.
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