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  • Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061017/D8KQIL4O0.html


    Actor Wesley Snipes was indicted Tuesday on eight counts of tax fraud for allegedly failing to pay nearly $12 million in taxes and failing to file returns for six years.


    Federal prosecutors in Tampa said Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds in 1996 and 1997 on taxes already paid, and then failed to file returns from 1999 and 2004. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 16 years in prison.

    The actor, who starred in the "Blade" trilogy and in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" and the 1992 blockbuster "White Men Can't Jump," has not been arrested because authorities don't know where he is, the IRS said. Snipes, 44, had a home in Windermere.
    According to the federal indictment, Snipes had his taxes prepared by accountants with a history of filing false returns to reap payments for their clients. As part of the deal, the indictment alleges, the firm, American Rights Litigators, would receive 20 percent of refunds from clients.

    In 2002, the Justice Department sued a Florida tax preparer who it said filed bogus tax refund claims, including a $7.3 million demand for Snipes.

    Snipes was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which said the preparer's largest claim was an amended income tax return filed on behalf of Snipes and dated April 14, 2001. The return requested a $7,360,755 refund for taxes paid in 1997 and said Snipes' adjusted gross income was zero, according to the lawsuit.

    It said the preparer, Douglas P. Rosile Sr., told clients that only income from foreign sources was subject to taxation. The resolution of that lawsuit could not be immediately determined.
    Separately, South Africa refused to admit Snipes in 2005 after officials said he tried to enter the country with a forged passport.
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    Re: Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/1....8j1izcik.html


    Hollywood star Wesley Snipes was charged Tuesday with failing to pay taxes and conspiracy in an indictment that could put the versatile actor and producer behind bars for more than 40 years.

    Federal prosecutors in Tampa released an "an eight-count indictment charging Wesley Trent Snipes, formerly of Windermere, Florida; Eddie Ray Kahn, of Sorrento, Florida; and Douglas P. Rosile, of Venice, Florida, with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and presenting a fraudulent claim for payment to the IRS."


    "Each of the conspiracy and false claim charges carry a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment," prosecutors added, noting: "Snipes is also charged with six counts of failing to file income tax returns."
    "Snipes also faces up to one year imprisonment on each charge of failing to file income tax returns," they said.
    And the actual details from the Smoking Gun

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive...61snipes1.html
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      Re: Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

      Hahah that's funny. Anyone who has worked with Wesley Snipes also knows he's a complete and total a-hole.
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        Re: Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

        What an idiot! "I am going to make a ton of money and NOT pay taxes. What could happen?" DUH!

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          Re: Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

          I heard something about this on the news but didn't realize they were talking him. They just kept saying his last name so I thougth it was someone else. Wow.

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            Re: Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

            Um...yeah. MY refund will be 7 million dollars this year too. :whistling:

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              Re: Wesley Snipes on the run, faces up to 40 years in prison due to tax fraud

              Loser! Or PWNED as the kids say!
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