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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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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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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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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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More on Antwon/Skills…
He always seemed like such a nice young man, but it turns out Antwon Tanner has more ‘skills’ than we realized. The actor who portrays football player and cougar wrangler Antwon ‘Skills’ Taylor on One Tree Hill was indicted today in Brooklyn, New York for trafficking fake Social Security cards and numbers. He surrendered peacefully to authorities and faced a court on Thursday.
There are two charges, and neither a very specific. The first is that he “knowingly and intentionally” transferred Social Security numbers with the intent to commit fraud in order to secure items valued at over $1,000. The other is that he used at least one of the numbers personally.
Since principal photography for One Tree Hill has wrapped for this season Tanner’s fate is unlikely to effect that of Skills on the show in the coming weeks. But it’s extremely unlikely that the producers will allow Tanner to continue as a member of the cast, meaning the character will likely be written out of the story in short order.
Tanner, who splits his year between Los Angeles and Wilmington, North Carolina, where One Tree Hill is filmed, is 34 years old. He previously starred with Samuel L. Jackson in Coach Taylor.
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“One Tree Hill” star Antwon Tanner was arrested today in connection with a Social Security card scheme, authorities said.
Tanner, who turned 34 on Tuesday, surrendered to federal prosecutors this morning and will be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Feds have accused Tanner of “knowingly and intentionally” transferring Social Security cards last year “with intent to defraud.”
Tanner is famous for playing high school basketball star Antwon “Skills” Taylor on the hit CW show “One Tree Hill.”
He has also appeared in several movies, including the 2005 flick “Coach Carter” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2009 — Principal photography has wrapped in Los Angeles on an urban drama about the life of a street pimp. “PIMP-24/7″ (tentative title), is a new one-hour series pilot starring Gary Sturgis (Daddy’s Little Girls), Antwon Tanner (One Tree Hill) and newcomer Coley Speaks. It was directed by award-winning director Alton Glass, written by Curtis Elerson of One Shot Films, and produced by Shannon W. Rawls of Cinema Hill Motion Picture Company.
Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Trae Ireland (Zane’s Sex Chronicles), Shawn Richardz and Ken Lawson (The Parkers) round out the cast in this riveting, sophisticated drama which centers on a well-spoken, educated street pimp who lives undetected by his suburban neighbors, while trying to protect his young nephews who are quickly becoming drawn into the procuring lifestyle. “We are going to be doing something edgy, real and different. You will see the real-life challenges that come with this lifestyle – including those that come from attempting to keep family-life trials and tribulations in check. It’s not about cliche seventies pimps with perms and ‘gators. This is real life … and no one brings more passion to the role of Angel than everyone’s favorite bad guy, Gary Sturgis,” says writer/creator Curtis Elerson when discussing how “PIMP-24/7″ differs from other shows or documentaries about the business of pandering.
With the help of co-producer Tony Bracy, it is anticipated that “PIMP-24/7″ will go into acquisition talks with broadcast and cable networks as well as international providers as early as March 2009.
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This is Don from BuddyTV, and today I’m talking to Antwon Tanner, who plays Skills on One Tree Hill. You’ve been part of One Tree Hill since the very first episode. Did you have any idea back then that Skills would become such an important character?
At first I did, but then I didn’t. My character was originally on the thing as recurring, possible series regular, and I was told that once we got picked up my character would become a series regular. Then when I didn’t and the show went in a different direction, I was kind of like, “Uh-oh.” I didn’t think the fans took to him at first, so I thought maybe that’s why the studio did it like that. But now he’s doing his thing, so I ain’t mad at it. They need to write me in more!
How did you find out about the relationship between Skills and Deb, and what was your initial reaction to that?
I was so excited. I hadn’t read the script, and everybody was on the set like, “Hey, did you read the next episode?” And I was like, “Nah, I haven’t read it yet, I just got it,” and they were like, “You need to read it.” I had always been saying, when are they gonna give me a love interest to where I actually got some good stuff? Even though me and Bevin had our thing, ours wasn’t really a love story, ours was more comedy. It was cute for people to look at and kind of laugh at. It wasn’t as sensual as a Lucas and a Peyton, a Lucas and a Brooke, or Naley. With Deb, Deb is kind of like the MILF, and Skills is kind of like the womanizer, so it’s kind of like the womanizer hooking up with the MILF. It’s kind of taboo, so it’s kind of sexy. Now I have older chicks [telling me] like, “Oh, you’re hot!” Women seem to look at you differently once you have love scenes where both people are really attractive and it’s not all funny.
Was it awkward to film those scenes with Barbara at first, considering you’ve worked with her for five years?
Nope! I always thought Barbara was fine. When they told me it was my turn, I was like, “Word! I’m there.” I was at work early that day.
Where do you see that relationship heading in the future? Do you think it’s going to get more serious, or is it just a fling?
I think Skills cares about her, but doesn’t know how to care about her because they’ve been sneaking so long. I’ve heard that they have a lot of good stuff for Skills and Deb coming up, but I haven’t read it. We haven’t got any of the scripts with that information in it yet. I like the whole storyline. At least it gives me something to do instead of me just coming in, being the friend who comes in, says something real spiritual and I’m gone. I like walk in and I’m like, “Lucas, look at the light in the sky!” And then I’m out, you don’t see Skills no more. Skills has something going on where he could probably go to someone for advice now.
Do you want to see Skills end up as Nathan’s stepdad?
I think that would be really funny. To go to some family functions and Skills is there? I think that’d be really funny, and cute at the same time.
A lot of fans want to know what happened between Skills and Bevin, because we never really found out after the time jump. Do you have any idea what happened there, or will that ever be resolved?
I don’t think so. I don’t know. I don’t write the show, I just work. I think what happened is that their relationship was kind of funny, so there wasn’t really an emotional bond there. I think when we skipped ahead those five years, Bevin kind of did her own thing. As you’ll remember, Bevin had the baby by Tim. They named the baby Nathan. I don’t think it’ll be rekindled, just because they showed that part. I think Bevin and Skills were just convenient at the time.
In the last episode Nathan found out that Skills and Deb are hooking up. How do you think he’s going to react to that?
In the next episode he puts her out of the house, then he lets her back in. I think the one that pretty much rules everything, that kind of talks some sense into the adults, is the kid. So when Jamie says, “I think it would be cool. I like Uncle Skills, and I like Uncle Skills and Nanny Deb together,” he kind of tells the adults they’re acting like kids.
Is there anyone on the show you wish you had more scenes with?
Peyton. I don’t have a lot of scenes with Peyton. I had a big scene with Peyton a couple episodes ago, and when I have those it’s really fun. To me it’s kind of weird, because it seems like the girl that’s in love with my best friend never has any scenes with the best friend. She has scenes with the other best friend, with Haley, but she never has scenes with Skills.
You used to get a lot of basketball scenes on the show. Do you miss doing that, or do you like how Skills has evolved?
I like how Skills has evolved, because they’re giving you more to do. Before it was River Court, River Court, River Court, then I finally started going to school. The first few seasons I never was in school. I didn’t go to school until season 4! That was the first time you ever saw my character in school, and other than that I was at the River Court. I like the way that he’s evolved. I really don’t miss it too much, it’s cool.
Is there anything else you’d like to see Skills get involved in?
I think if he got more into Peyton’s life or Brooke’s life, maybe if he hung out with some of them. Deb and Brooke are close now, because she’s dealing with what she’s dealing with, so maybe Brooke and Skills hang out, or maybe Skills and Peyton hang out and do some stuff. As far as evolving, he’s out of sync with them. He’s only in sync with Jamie, Nathan and Haley.
What’s in the future for you? Do you have any other projects you want to talk about?
I got a movie coming out called 7eventy 5ive, a horror movie. You can YouTube the trailer for it. It’s a really good movie. It’s my first horror movie, and I’m the black guy and I actually live a really long time. I don’t die in the first 10 minutes. It’s a really good story. Also, this movie called I Do, I Did, it’s a romantic dramedy, and I’m supposed to start doing a movie called Free Agents this year. I’m also writing my own show right now, trying to get it sold.
What kind of show is it?
It’s an hour drama.
Thanks for talking to us today, Antwon.
No problemo. Tell the fans I said it’s a good thing I got a love interest now. It at least gives me something to do, it gives Barbara something to do, and once you have a love scene girls tend to look at you a little bit different. They take you a little bit more seriously and you become sexy.
Most fans really seem to love that relationship.
The first couple weeks when we looked on CWTV, they didn’t like it. They were like, “Oh my god, that’s gross!” Now after episode two they’re like, “Oh, we like it!”