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Stephen Baldwin facing tax evasion charges in NY

NEW CITY, N.Y. Actor Stephen Baldwin has joined the list of stars with tax troubles.

The 46-year-old actor and father of two has been charged with failing to file New York state income taxes for three years.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says Baldwin, who lives in Upper Grandview, skipped his taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and owes more than $350,000 in taxes and penalties.

He says Baldwin was arraigned Thursday on a charge of repeated failure to file tax returns. Baldwin pleaded not guilty and was released without bail.

Baldwin's lawyer, Russell Yankwitt, said his client should not have been charged.

"Mr. Baldwin did not commit any crimes, and he's working with the district attorney's office and the New York State Tax Department to resolve any differences," Yankwitt said.

The district attorney says Baldwin could face up to four years in prison if convicted. He is due back in court on Feb. 5.

The youngest of the acting Baldwin brothers (Alec, Daniel and Billy are the others), he starred in 1995's "The Usual Suspects" and appeared in 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July."

Baldwin, also a radio host and self-professed "Jesus freak," has a role as a gang leader in the upcoming film "Loving the Bad Man." He is also among the contestants in the upcoming all-star season of "Celebrity Apprentice." That show will air on NBC in early 2013.

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