Stephen Baldwin on Friday admitted in court he hadn't paid New York state income taxes for a period of three years, and then walked away a free man — albeit one who still owes $300,000 in back taxes, and has to repay them fast.
Under the term of Baldwin's deal, the "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant will stay out of jail so he can earn money to pay his debt. If he pays the money back within a year, his record will be wiped clean; otherwise he's looking at a five-year probation sentence, during which he has to repay the cash.
"Unfortunately, I got some really bad suggestions and advice ... from lawyers and accountants," he told reporters outside court in New City, N.Y. He said he never intended to avoid paying taxes.
The whole bill for 2008, 2009 and 2010, including interest and penalties, had hit $400,000, but the judge noted that $100,000 had been taken care of already.