TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Warrant Issued

for Wesley Snipes

10/17/2006 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

snipes_breaking_news_wi-1Wesley Snipes is officially a fugitive of justice. According to the US Attorney's office, a warrant was issued last week after the feds filed charges that the actor defrauded the Internal Revenue Service of millions of dollars.

The "White Men Can't Jump" star is accused of failing to pay nearly $12 million in taxes. Officials allege that Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds in 1996 and 1997, and then failed to file returns between 1999 and 2006.

According to the eight count indictment obtained by TMZ, Snipes and two other defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile, are accused of attempting "through deceit, craft, trickery, and dishonest means to make it appear as if Snipes had no liability for federal income taxes, when in fact defendant Snipes had such liability." Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

The indictment claims Kahn ran an enterprise promoting fraudulent tax schemes. Rosile was a CPA who allegedly prepared fraudulent tax returns for Kahn's business. According to the charges, Snipes used the services of Kahn and Rosile to defraud the IRS.

The indictment alleges the three men conspired to create a bogus legal argument so Snipes would be exempt from federal income taxes. The feds say in 1997 alone, Snipes fraudulently filed for a refund totalling $7,360,755.00. 

As for the whereabouts of the three men, we're told Snipes may be on the lam. Officials say Kahn may have fled to Panama. Rosile has already turned himself in to authorities.

44 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

Lou    

Too bad Wesley............didn't your momma ever teach you that nothing is for sure but death and taxes?

2743 days ago
2.

Ellen    

Wesley's ego has always been huge. He's always thought he was "above it all"....well, I guess the IRS is out to show him a thing or two. Good going, IRS!!!

2743 days ago
3.

J-Dawg    

Maybe he can cell with Richard "Survivor" Hatch!

2743 days ago
4.

SheilaRP    

GOOODDDY! That's what he gets. I hope he gets the full penalties for his actions. God don't like UGLY and he ain't to fond of beauty, but with his desparaging remarks about black women (which quite frankly I'm tired of hearing ) I could care less. NOW MR. SNIPES DO NOT go reaching out to the black community for backing just take your medicine BY YOUR DAYUM self. Oh and crack house (w)hores are probably your best following! HA HA!!!!

2743 days ago
5.

ddk    

sorry westly, i know its hard to pay for phoney wars and lieing a**holes leaving all the children behind and stealing all the money in iraq for the "reconstruction" of the christian right's pocketbooks. hope they give you a chance to pay it off and stay out of jail like they do all the white criminals in this country. that enron dude only had to fake a death and he was able to defraud actual CITIZENS of their life savings. you should know better that the media and government are chomping at the bits to make an example of your kind. good luck

2743 days ago
6.

Adrienne    

Didn't the conviction of Ronald "MR. BIGGS" Isley teach him anything? Pay your damn taxes, Blade! The rest of us do.

2743 days ago
7.

steve    


Maybe he can do a sequel to "Money Train" with the other has-been, Woody Harrelson.

2743 days ago
8.

R.    

Hey #6, are you on something? If you are an example of Wesley Snipe's fan club, his career really is over. First of all, you can't spell. Secondly, you are a racist. Thirdly, what you wrote doesn't make a f***ing bit of sense. And for your info, Wesley Snipes has a reputation all over this country for treating waiters, waitresses and other service people like garbage, regardless of their skin color. He expects superb service, runs up huge tabs, treats people like crap and then leaves a $1.00 tip. No, I'm not a waiter. But I live in an area that he frequents, and I know plenty of people who've had the misfortune of serving him. He behaves the same here as he does in every other state he lands in. He's an a**hole. Pure and simple. And now he's getting his come-uppance. :-)

2743 days ago
9.

Travis Bickle    

No wonder why he didn't pay taxes. He had to keep as much money as he could since his movie career went into the toilet.

2743 days ago
10.

the wise old owl    

Come on Westly...........We all have to pay our TAXES. This guy made plenty of $$ over the years and he doesn't want to pay his fair share to Uncle Sam. That really sucks. I can see if it was an honest error but this looks like fraud to me. Nobody likes to cough up our hard earned $$ every year but that's the price you pay for living in the U.S.A. Willie Nelson did the same thing. He did concerts and public announcements and paid back his debt without having to do any jail time. HE DIDN'T RUN. If you're not paying TAXES you are not making any $$$.

What a jerk. Trying to get out of all his responsibilties . Wasn't this the creep who hit Halle Barry so hard he made her deaf in one ear? This guy is a triple time loser.!!! Get you ass back here and own up to your debt. You're no different than the rest of us. What a terrible role model. I hope he doesn't have any kids.

2743 days ago
11.

sam    

run p***y run hope u get 20 years

2743 days ago
12.

They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

JAIL TIME!!!!!!!!!! MEET BUBBA,Richard Hatch loves BUBBA,Bubba going to travel the dirt road

2743 days ago
13.

Afiya    

Your an IDIOT Wesley...good for ya...your sh*t been f***ed up ever since we heard you the one punched Halle Berry in her ear and made her lose hearing...go work at MickyD...now say..."Hi (wit a big ole coon grin)..how may I take your order?" U Creep!!

2743 days ago
14.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

Man, Wesley, you'd better show up and pay up. Those Feds do NOT mess around ...

2743 days ago
15.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

BTW, notafan, there's absolutely no call to be racist. Hey, TMZ MODERATOR, are you watching?

2743 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web