Newsday: ‘One Tree Hill’ actor gets 3-month prison term for fraud

Actor Antwon Tanner, a regular on the popular teen drama “One Tree Hill,” was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn to 3 months in prison for dealing in stolen Social Security numbers.

“The court is troubled that someone in Mr. Tanner’s position, making the funds he is making, engages in this type of criminal conduct,” U.S. District Judge Carol Amon said. “It seems to be solely…

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The Associated Press: ‘One Tree Hill’ actor still on TV after NYC plea

NEW YORK — An actor who pleaded guilty in New York City to a Social Security number scheme will appear in at least the first several new episodes of the teen television drama “One Tree Hill.”

CW network spokesman Paul McGuire says it’s unclear what will happen later in the show’s seventh season following Antwon Tanner’s guilty plea.

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Newsday: ‘One Tree Hill’ actor admits role in ID scam

Actor Antwon Tanner, a regular on the popular teen drama “One Tree Hill,” faces up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty in Brooklyn federal court today to illegally selling Social Security numbers for $10,000.

Tanner, 35, of California, was charged in April after he sold 16 numbers and three fake cards to undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers running a sting operation in Brooklyn.

He told U.S. District Judge Carol Amon that he was a middleman, selling numbers that he had been provided by an unnamed third party, and that he knew it was illegal because the numbers would be used to fraudulently acquire goods.

Tanner, prosecutors revealed, is also under investigation in California, but they refused to identify the subject of that probe. Today’s plea does not cover that investigation.

Tanner’s acting credits have included a high-profile role in “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and cameos on TV shows ranging from “NYPD Blue” to “CSI” and “Boston Public.”

Although the maximum for selling Social Security numbers is 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, his likely sentence under federal sentencing guidelines would be between 6 and 12 months, according to prosecutors. They said there was no evidence that the numbers were actually used to defraud anyone.

Tanner and his lawyer, Gregory Watts, had no comment on his motive for committing the crime despite a successful career, but said they would have more to say at his sentencing on Nov. 20.

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One Tree Hill’s Skills Pleads Innocent in Fake ID Scam

It looks like some mad skillz have landed Skills in big trouble.

Antwon Tanner, One Tree Hill’s Antwon “Skills” Taylor, has pleaded not guilty in a New York federal court to participating in a Social Security scam.

The 34-year-old actor, whose credits include Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson and that catchy “Da Da Da” Volkswagen commercial, was busted in a sting operation and charged with selling 16 Social Security numbers and three counterfeit cards to a middleman between December 2005 and last July.

Tanner surrendered yesterday and entered his plea in Brooklyn Federal Court. He was released after posting $250,000 bail.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

The California native allegedly supplied the phony digits and cards to an unidentified contact who in turn sold them to an undercover agent with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

According to a two-count indictment, Tanner used made-up Social Security numbers as well as those swiped from the living and the dead, and he passed them along without ever having a face-to-face meeting with the dealer. All the cards were allegedly sent through the mail.

The feds say Tanner banked thousands of dollars over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Neither Tanner nor his lawyer answered reporters’ questions upon leaving yesterday’s hearing, and the CW has declined to address his arrest or future on One Tree Hill.

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