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Wesley Snipes

Arrested

12/8/2006 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

wesley_snipesTMZ has learned Wesley Snipes has been arrested and taken into custody by federal authorities.

The actor was arrested Friday morning after arriving at Orlando International Airport. Snipes said he was a scapegoat and unfairly targeted by prosecutors in connection with a federal tax fraud investigation.

Snipes had been shooting a movie in Namibia.

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.

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Wes    

FIRST 1

2786 days ago
2.

Whatever    

Boy I feel so much safer that he is off the streets! Can we please go after real criminals like Osama? Thank you.

2786 days ago
3.

ha!    

too bad, every one gotta pay taxes.... I like this guy, I can't believe he thought he could get away with tax evation.

2786 days ago
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fdodgerfan    

LOL......how do you just not pay taxes when your making money for seven years straight. Hes got some balls on him.

2786 days ago
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Brandon    

I wonder how many comments till someone says something racist. Not too many I'm sure. First person to say something racist will get cancer and die.

2786 days ago
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Buster    

You did it Brandon.

2786 days ago
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Afiya    

Every one has to pay dues...he's no different...time to just get it over with Wessy...

2786 days ago
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CHARGERS TILL THE END    

LOL @ # 5..U MADE MY DAY...

2786 days ago
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james smith    

ugggghhh black people

2786 days ago
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gagal    

Come on Wesley pay your taxes like everyone else in the real world. No Free Ride!!

2786 days ago
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anne    

Glad they got him........hope he has to pay big time!

2786 days ago
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Glen G.    

I was never really a big fan of this guy.. Not going to hate on him but just wanted to say he is no different then anyone else.. Making as much as he does, he really thinks he can get away with it?

2786 days ago
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Originalkat    

I am really sure people like him really do their own taxes and come up with ideas to scam the IRS. NOT! They hire people to do their accounting and taxes and rely on them to take care of things.
I think he is the scapecoat on this as was Willie Nelson and others years ago. The people who do his work should be the ones in trouble but they have already covered their you -know- whats.

2786 days ago
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blah blah blah    

I know that anyone is innocent until proven guilty, But come on folks.
How in the world can anyone fail to or even not verify any recording from filing taxes? And for 7 years at that?
How in the world can one accuse of being targeted and was a scapegoat when obvious SOMEONE in the system has records of almost 12 (NOT HUNDREDS) million dollars in fraudulently claimed refunds???
If it were you, I, or the next person we would have already been wiped out of our financial assets and taken to the cleaners already.

HMMMMMMMMM WE SHALL SEE

2786 days ago
15.

ShortyHater    

There is NO law that say US Citizens HAVE to pay taxes. If none of us paid taxes, then they couldn't do anything about it. But there are always goodie two hsoe little bastards that remind the teacher to give us homework. SHEEP!

2786 days ago
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