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    Tax Board Outs Simpson, Sinbad, Warwick

    Apparently, the Goldmans aren't the only ones having trouble getting their hands on O.J. Simpson's money.

    The ex-NFL star joined Sinbad and singer Dionne Warwick on a list compiled by the California Franchise Tax Board of people who have been late in forking over their state income taxes.

    According to state controller John Chiang, 26 of the people who were going to be publicly revealed as delinquent taxpayers coughed up the money out of embarrassment, leaving 224 people on the list, which was released Wednesday.

    "Certainly, people don't want the public embarrassment of being on the list," Chiang told the Los Angeles Times. "I wouldn't want to be on a list with O.J. Simpson."

    His income bracket doesn't sound too shabby, though. The erstwhile murder defendant, who's currently facing armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Las Vegas over an alleged sports memorabilia heist, owes more than $1.44 million in personal taxes to the government, dating back to 1999, according to the list.

    Out-owing him, however, are Warwick and Sinbad.

    The Jingle All the Way actor (couldn't his heavily connected costar get him a break?), who's listed as a resident of Oak Park, Illinois, owes more than $2.1 million, also dating back to 1999.

    Warwick, a resident of South Orange, New Jersey, is in the hole for nearly $2.7 million, so we're saying a little prayer for her.

    But the five-time Grammy winner is apparently taking matters into her own hands.

    "Ms. Warwick is aware of the tax situation which resulted from the negligence of previous business advisers," her rep said in a statement. "She and her current business management team are now working with the state of California to resolve and settle the matter with the FTB."  

    Meanwhile, not going toward either his income or toward his debts are the residuals from O.J. Simpson's hypothetical tell-all, If I Did It.

    Despite its morbid and, frankly, distasteful subject matter, the book has sold 68,000 copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan, and per publisher Beaufort Books, the actual figure could be much higher.

    The pseudo-memoir, cowritten by Pablo Fenjves, reached as high as number two on the New York Times Bestseller List at one point and is in seventh place on the L.A. Times' list this week.

    A judge awarded the family of murder victim Ron Goldman the rights to the book earlier this year, although Simpson received and promptly spent an $800,000 advance from original publisher ReganBooks.

    The Goldmans, who won a $38 million wrongful-death judgment against Simpson in 1997, have stated that a portion of any proceeds from the book—which now includes an afterward by celebrity trial dissector Dominick Dunne and commentary from the family—will go toward the nonprofit Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice.

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