Suspect in Snipes tax fraud case held

Suspect in Snipes tax fraud case held

ONE of two men indicted with US actor Wesley Snipes on tax-fraud charges last month was detained in Panama on Tuesday and was being flown back to Florida.

Eddie Ray Kahn was expected to have a first appearance in a Florida federal court on Wednesday or yesterday, according to US federal authorities. Snipes is in Namibia working on his next film.US federal officials have said they are negotiating with Snipes’ attorneys.Kahn, who once lived in Sorrento, is accused of promoting tax-evasion schemes through his now-defunct entities, Guiding Light of God Ministries and American Rights Litigators.Kahn’s offices in Mount Dora were raided by IRS agents in 2004, and he moved to Panama shortly after that.Last month, US Attorney Paul Perez said Kahn’s groups were part of a tax-protest movement that does not recognise the government’s powers to levy and collect income taxes.According to the indictment, Snipes allegedly used Kahn’s tax packages to try and claim more than US$11 million (about N$91 million) in refunds for taxes he paid in 1996 and 1997.He is also accused of failing to file income-tax returns since 1999.Douglas Rosile, a Florida accountant who worked on Snipes’s taxes, was released by a federal judge in Ocala after he surrendered to the authorities on October 17.All three men face conspiracy-to-defraud charges.Snipes’ latest film, ‘Gallow Walker’, is filming near Swakopmund.Ten days ago, producer Joanne Reay said work on the movie would not be disrupted and that Snipes would remain in Namibia and carry on filming.She said the situation with Snipes’s tax had been an issue since 1999.The 44-year-old Snipes, who has appeared in more than three dozen movies including ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ and ‘Blade’, could face 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges.Information from: The Orlando Sentinel, Nampa-Reuters, The NamibianSnipes is in Namibia working on his next film.US federal officials have said they are negotiating with Snipes’ attorneys.Kahn, who once lived in Sorrento, is accused of promoting tax-evasion schemes through his now-defunct entities, Guiding Light of God Ministries and American Rights Litigators.Kahn’s offices in Mount Dora were raided by IRS agents in 2004, and he moved to Panama shortly after that.Last month, US Attorney Paul Perez said Kahn’s groups were part of a tax-protest movement that does not recognise the government’s powers to levy and collect income taxes.According to the indictment, Snipes allegedly used Kahn’s tax packages to try and claim more than US$11 million (about N$91 million) in refunds for taxes he paid in 1996 and 1997.He is also accused of failing to file income-tax returns since 1999.Douglas Rosile, a Florida accountant who worked on Snipes’s taxes, was released by a federal judge in Ocala after he surrendered to the authorities on October 17.All three men face conspiracy-to-defraud charges.Snipes’ latest film, ‘Gallow Walker’, is filming near Swakopmund.Ten days ago, producer Joanne Reay said work on the movie would not be disrupted and that Snipes would remain in Namibia and carry on filming.She said the situation with Snipes’s tax had been an issue since 1999.The 44-year-old Snipes, who has appeared in more than three dozen movies including ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ and ‘Blade’, could face 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges.Information from: The Orlando Sentinel, Nampa-Reuters, The Namibian

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