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Feds Indict Actor Wesley Snipes for Tax Fraud
The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz and Michael Muskal,

Posted on 10/17/2006 2:05:20 PM PDT by libstripper

WASHINGTON -- Wesley Snipes, whose flash and dash style of acting carried him from the streets of the South Bronx to movie stardom, has been indicted on charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, federal officials announced today.

Snipes, 44, was also charged with six counts of failing to file income tax returns. If convicted of all of the charges, he could be sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison.

Snipes' whereabouts could not be determined, said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; fraudtax; tax; taxes; taxfraud; wsnipes
It really helps to collect those 1099s and pay your taxes on time. Also, don't believe that the only income you can be taxed on is income earned outside of the US.
1 posted on 10/17/2006 2:05:22 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

nothing will happen...this is good free publicity....he will apologize and just say he forgot....it that traitor see you next tuesday lynn stewart gets only 28 months for treason...snipes will be laughing on his next movie set!!!


2 posted on 10/17/2006 2:06:59 PM PDT by hnj_00
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To: libstripper

nothing will happen...this is good free publicity....he will apologize and just say he forgot....it that traitor see you next tuesday lynn stewart gets only 28 months for treason...snipes will be laughing on his next movie set!!!


3 posted on 10/17/2006 2:07:04 PM PDT by hnj_00
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To: libstripper
Snipes, 44, was also charged with six counts of failing to file income tax returns.

I wonder what the Infernal Raping Society would do if 200 million of us decided not to file.

4 posted on 10/17/2006 2:08:09 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: libstripper
Snipes Charged With Federal Tax Fraud
5 posted on 10/17/2006 2:08:16 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: libstripper
No doubt just an easily-remedied technical violation.   [smirk]
6 posted on 10/17/2006 2:08:40 PM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Wonderful Troops!)
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To: Cobra64
Half the people in America think they GET MONEY BACK from the government. That's why they file.

If they only knew it was their money!

7 posted on 10/17/2006 2:11:24 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: hnj_00
nothing will happen...this is good free publicity....he will apologize and just say he forgot....

I hear on the radio that he's being charged with having claimed $12 million in refunds to which he wasn't entitled.

8 posted on 10/17/2006 2:12:00 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: libstripper

$12 million is no big deal for Snipes. Do one more crappy movie and Uncle Sam gets paid.


9 posted on 10/17/2006 2:12:26 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Cobra64
"I wonder what the Infernal Raping Society would do if 200 million of us decided not to file."

It would proceed to use the legal system to make life a living hell for all 200 million people.

It would collect lots of fine money and a whole lot of people would have a criminal record and a few would go to prison. It might even end up with some houses to sell at foreclosure.

The government holds all the cards. Don't mess with the feds or the mafia, for pretty much the same reasons.

10 posted on 10/17/2006 2:14:17 PM PDT by Montfort
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To: Stoat

I posted this article because it contains a lot more details than the original AP release.


11 posted on 10/17/2006 2:15:49 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: hnj_00

The IRS is different. There is no correlation to the Stewart case. He could end up selling dircet to dvd movies on late night TV (ala Willie Nelson).


12 posted on 10/17/2006 2:16:28 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Depose Nancy! What did she know and when did she know it?)
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To: Montfort

After a few people got busted, with plenty of publicity, just about everybody else would "voluntarily" comply, just as they do now.

The sad fact is there's really no alternative to paying your full liability on time. If you don't, it just gets worse.


13 posted on 10/17/2006 2:18:59 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: Stoat

Thanks for the link.


14 posted on 10/17/2006 2:19:28 PM PDT by libstripper (!!)
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To: libstripper

I think that he is in a world of trouble.

Not filing when you have no income to report is quite different from claiming 12 million in unlawful exemptions.


15 posted on 10/17/2006 2:23:49 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: hnj_00
"...nothing will happen...this is good free publicity....he will apologize and just say he forgot...."

I wonder if he's good friends with Michael Jackson. Perhaps he could move to the mideast, too. Of course he would want to convert...I understand non-moslems are taxed pretty severely. I doubt they're very nice to those who don't pay.

16 posted on 10/17/2006 2:24:26 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: libstripper

So does this mean no Blade 8 or Major League 15?


17 posted on 10/17/2006 2:28:32 PM PDT by art_rocks
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To: libstripper

Mr Snipes, meet your cell-mate, Mr Hatch.


18 posted on 10/17/2006 2:31:59 PM PDT by BadAndy (You want a magic bullet to fix your problem, but I only have hollowpoints.)
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To: Cobra64
I wonder what the Infernal Raping Society would do if 200 million of us decided not to file.

Change the rules. Like say make food and water subject to consumption taxes. That ought to get most folks attention in a short period of time.

Oh, and about that not filing thing. You go first. I'll be right behind you.

19 posted on 10/17/2006 2:33:58 PM PDT by kylaka
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To: libstripper
This guy set out to deliberately defraud the government. Nothing innocent about what he did.

Pay the back-taxes, Mr. Snipes.

20 posted on 10/17/2006 2:36:11 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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bttt


21 posted on 10/17/2006 2:36:36 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (Soros and Clinton's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington = SCREW.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

He's considered a fugitive?


22 posted on 10/17/2006 2:38:37 PM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: libstripper

Can't he just file an ammended Senate Ethics Form? Reid did.


23 posted on 10/17/2006 2:39:19 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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Oh, and about that not filing thing. You go first. I'll be right behind you.

Well, Snipes is in front of both of us so far...

24 posted on 10/17/2006 2:40:51 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: bill1952
Not filing when you have no income to report is quite different from claiming 12 million in unlawful exemptions.

Yeah, this one isn't going to fall under the category of "Gosh, I forgot." I could, of course, be wrong. I've never seen a Schedule A with 12 million buckadingdongs on it...

25 posted on 10/17/2006 2:44:46 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Gay State Conservative
I hear on the radio that he's being charged with having claimed $12 million in refunds to which he wasn't entitled.

If the U.S. gave him $12 million, he is in deep trouble, unless he returns it ASAP.

26 posted on 10/17/2006 2:50:31 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between the terrorists and the Democrats)
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To: libstripper

IRS is on a Snipe hunt.


27 posted on 10/17/2006 2:58:34 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle ("Better put some ice on that")
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To: libstripper
Snipes may be Mr. tough guy in the movies, but this aint' the movies, Holmes. The IRS is NOT the Federal agency you want to mess with. By the time they assess late filing fees, fines, penalty, and interest, he's gonna wish he had a vampire to slay instead.

Then there's that little matter of defrauding the IRS out of false refunds. He's gonna be making movies and not seeing much at all of the paycheck for a long time, and that's if his suits can keep him out of the hoosegow ...

28 posted on 10/17/2006 2:59:49 PM PDT by Babu
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To: Billthedrill

According to the indictment released by the Justice Department, Kahn was the founder and leader of American Rights Litigators and its successor, Guiding Light of God Ministries. The businesses sold fraudulent tax schemes, authorities said in a statement.

Rosile was identified as a former accountant who continued to work after his CPA licenses were revoked in Ohio and Florida. He allegedly prepared fraudulent tax returns for American Rights Litigators, which charged its members a fee, half of which it allegedly paid to Rosile. In addition, ARL would collect 20% of any refund and half of that went to Rosile.

Snipes, Kahn and Rosile are accused of making it appear that Snipes had no liability for federal income taxes.

According to authorities, the claim is known as an "861 argument," which asserts that U.S. citizens and residents can be taxed only on income derived from certain foreign-based activities and not on income earned within the United States — a position that has been rejected by the courts.

The defendants filed two amended federal income tax returns for Snipes, claiming almost $12 million in refunds from 1996 and 1997 income taxes. The indictment also accuses Snipes of failing to file his 1999 through 2004 federal income tax returns.


29 posted on 10/17/2006 3:01:49 PM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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