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Wesley Snipes “Beats” Tax Case (A Rare Lost For The IRS!!!)

SIDENOTE: When was the last anyone (let alone a black man) ever receive a victory over the IRS?

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Jury acquits Wesley Snipes of tax fraud

By TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 13 minutes ago


Action star Wesley Snipes was found not guilty of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy charges Friday, but was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return.

Snipes had faced up to 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges, but can now only get up to three years. The “Blade” star and two co-defendants had been indicted in 2006 after Snipes stopped paying, using tax protest arguments long rejected by the courts.

Snipes sat emotionless as his verdict was read, then nodded in relief. He refused to talk with reporters after the verdict, and is still liable for millions in taxes likely to be pursued in civil court.

“Mr. Snipes has always been committed to doing the right thing, and after this trial is over he’ll make whatever amends are required,” defense attorney Robert Bernhoft said. “But this is a man of integrity.”

Snipes’ lawyers argued that he was a victim of crooked advisers, and the jury seemed to believe it. Co-defendants Eddie Ray Kahn, the founder of a tax protest group, and Douglas P. Rosile, an accountant who lost his licenses, were convicted Friday by the same panel of tax fraud and conspiracy. Both face up to 10 years in prison.

The government said Snipes failed to file tax returns from 1999 to 2004, a period in which he signed two contracts for more than $10 million on sequels in the “Blade” trilogy.

The actor, who also appeared in “White Men Can’t Jump,” is among the most famous targets of an IRS criminal investigation, and his prosecution was key for the government.

“We thought there was sufficient evidence for a conviction on all counts, but obviously the jury disagreed,” U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill said.

Snipes used bizarre arguments to justify his position, saying the IRS’ own code meant income earned in this country wasn’t taxable, and the agency had no legal authority because it’s not a proper government entity.

Later, the actor threatened the government and individual agents in his pursuit, declaring himself a “nonresident alien” not subject to tax laws.

Prosecutors say Snipes paid taxes in the 1990s, but changed his mind after meeting Kahn in 2000. He allegedly stopped filing returns, illegally sought $11 million in 1996 and 1997 taxes paid and drew fake checks to pay the U.S. Treasury.

Kahn founded the central Florida tax protest group American Rights Litigators and its successor, Guiding Light of God Ministries. He has been using tax scams since at least the early 1980s, according to government documents, and refused to defend himself in court against these charges.

Rosile, a CPA who lost his licenses in Florida and Ohio, allegedly prepared the fraudulent documents for Snipes, along with numerous other Kahn clients.

Judge and jury have long rejected their ideas, but there were exceptions.

The IRS bears a unique burden of proof in criminal tax cases. It must show not only that someone broke the law, but he or she did so with willful, bad purpose to defraud the government.

A few defendants have won acquittal because the jury thought they sincerely believed they did not have to pay.
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Reply #1 posted 02/02/08 1:22am

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The verdict is in

By JJ MacNab | February 1, 2008


Bad day for Rosile and Kahn. Relatively good day for Snipes, considering what it could have been.

Rosile and Kahn were both convicted on two felony counts (conspiracy to defraud the government, and aiding in the filing of Snipes’ false refund return.) Snipes was convicted on three misdemeanor counts (willful failure to file tax returns) and acquitted on the remaining charges (the same two felony counts as above and three additional misdemeanor failure to file counts.) Kahn is being held in prison pending sentencing and both Rosile and Snipes are free on bail.

The jury deliberated for just shy of three full business days and came up with what I thought was an odd mix for a verdict. Kahn’s and Rosile’s guilty verdicts were no surprise of course, they’ve been long-term tax protest promoters, and Snipes’ defense counsel were pretty quick to blame them. And even before the jury expressed confusion over the definition of “conspiracy,” I thought Snipes might be acquitted on that count.

The split on the failure to file counts, however, came in the opposite of what I’d guessed. While the prosecutor told the press after the verdict that he thought the three not guilty counts were the result of Snipes’ change in residence, I think it’s more likely that the jury thought that having your rights read to you by a Special Agent (”you have the right to remain silent”) somehow exonerates you from having to send your financial information to the IRS on a Form 1040.

Outside the courthouse was a crowded mess. There were several TV crews, reporters, construction workers from across the street, and many, many Snipes fans and supporters. From the victory dance going on by some of the defense team, one would have thought that the jury had ruled not guilty on all counts.

But it’s important to remember that this was a mixed verdict. Snipes bought into a serious scam to the point of pushing it on his employees, and is now facing three years in prison for believing that tax protest legal fairy tale was real. Because of the enormous amount of income tax, it’s quite possible the judge will send him to prison for the full three years under federal sentencing guidelines.

The tax denier community is already expressing a mix of glee and resentment. Many are finding solace in his partial victory, as if his verdict somehow changes their personal odds of financial ruin and prison. Others are angry that Snipes’ legal team put the blame on Rosile and Kahn, long-term leaders in the tax protest world.

So all that remains besides sentencing is finding out what Snipes will do now. Will he continue his angry tirades to the government? Will he pay taxes (and penalties and interest) on that $38 million of personal income plus $20 million of corporate income and express remorse prior to sentencing? Will he do the responsible thing and warn other potential victims of promoters like Kahn and Rosile not to buy into their schemes?

Time will tell.
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Reply #2 posted 02/02/08 4:05am

fcukthepolice

fuck the irs!

Once agian i will state; THEY ILLEGALLY ENFORCE THOSES TAXES. THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAYS YOU MUST PAY TAX ON LABOUR

Proof of a fascist police state. The goverment literally steals money off people and if they don't comply; they are jailed NORMALLY.

CONTINUE to fight them
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Reply #3 posted 02/02/08 10:02am

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fcukthepolice said:

fuck the irs!

Once agian i will state; THEY ILLEGALLY ENFORCE THOSES TAXES. THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAYS YOU MUST PAY TAX ON LABOUR

Proof of a fascist police state. The goverment literally steals money off people and if they don't comply; they are jailed NORMALLY.

CONTINUE to fight them


That's easier said than done, especially if the IRS have everyone's social security numbers on computer file. Even if you stop filing taxes within the first 5 years, they can still take your money from your banking accounts (saving OR checking) without notice. The IRS can even sent a fax letter to your employer(s) and demand for your paychecks to be sent to the IRS headquarters.

And yes, the Federal Reserve give the IRS that kind of power to do that!
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Reply #4 posted 02/02/08 10:49am

Stymie

obviously Wesley wasn't committed to doing the right thing because he would have paid his taxes.
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Reply #5 posted 02/02/08 12:28pm

fcukthepolice

TonyVanDam said:

fcukthepolice said:

fuck the irs!

Once agian i will state; THEY ILLEGALLY ENFORCE THOSES TAXES. THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAYS YOU MUST PAY TAX ON LABOUR

Proof of a fascist police state. The goverment literally steals money off people and if they don't comply; they are jailed NORMALLY.

CONTINUE to fight them


That's easier said than done, especially if the IRS have everyone's social security numbers on computer file. Even if you stop filing taxes within the first 5 years, they can still take your money from your banking accounts (saving OR checking) without notice. The IRS can even sent a fax letter to your employer(s) and demand for your paychecks to be sent to the IRS headquarters.

And yes, the Federal Reserve give the IRS that kind of power to do that!



Exactly my friend.

Police state indeed. The federal reserve run shit in th U.S and with the other private banks worldwide

Congress need to shut them down and take power back
IF MILLIONS of us fight them; what can they do?

FUCK THE ROCKEFELLERS
[Edited 2/2/08 12:28pm]
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Reply #6 posted 02/02/08 12:51pm

mdiver

fcukthepolice said:

TonyVanDam said:



That's easier said than done, especially if the IRS have everyone's social security numbers on computer file. Even if you stop filing taxes within the first 5 years, they can still take your money from your banking accounts (saving OR checking) without notice. The IRS can even sent a fax letter to your employer(s) and demand for your paychecks to be sent to the IRS headquarters.

And yes, the Federal Reserve give the IRS that kind of power to do that!



Exactly my friend.

Police state indeed. The federal reserve run shit in th U.S and with the other private banks worldwide

Congress need to shut them down and take power back
IF MILLIONS of us fight them; what can they do?

FUCK THE ROCKEFELLERS
[Edited 2/2/08 12:28pm]


confuse aren't you English?
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Reply #7 posted 02/02/08 1:16pm

fcukthepolice

mdiver said:

fcukthepolice said:




Exactly my friend.

Police state indeed. The federal reserve run shit in th U.S and with the other private banks worldwide

Congress need to shut them down and take power back
IF MILLIONS of us fight them; what can they do?

FUCK THE ROCKEFELLERS
[Edited 2/2/08 12:28pm]


confuse aren't you English?



yes but i care about injustice and it's the same people running shit here and doing the same stuff.

FUCK THE ROTHSCHILDS biggrin
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Reply #8 posted 02/02/08 1:23pm

Rodya24

fcukthepolice said:

mdiver said:



confuse aren't you English?



yes but i care about injustice and it's the same people running shit here and doing the same stuff.

FUCK THE ROTHSCHILDS biggrin


I am curious: Since you are so against a number of institutions, what do you do for a living? Are you an activist for a non-profit organization?
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Reply #9 posted 02/02/08 2:30pm

fcukthepolice

Rodya24 said:

fcukthepolice said:




yes but i care about injustice and it's the same people running shit here and doing the same stuff.

FUCK THE ROTHSCHILDS biggrin


I am curious: Since you are so against a number of institutions, what do you do for a living? Are you an activist for a non-profit organization?


If you knew what these institutions were you would be!

Read some of the AUTHORISED Rockefeller biographies. Read about the federal reserve.

YOU WILL BE SICKENED AND OUTRAGED! The goal of a world goverment is no closed door conspiracy; it is outrightly admitted to by the rockefellers.

Do some research on aaron russo. He was an immensely sucessful and respected man in many areas ;he brought zeppelin to the U.S, he was bette midler's manager, he was a producer of film's and tony award winning plays. After that he got into politics running for governer of Nirvada; he found out about voting fraud there and how the elections are rigged. He soon befriended nicholas rockefeller after Nick arranged to meet him. They were good friends till Russo cut off the relationship after Nick told him just what the banking elite were going to do. They want a world goverment ran through the UN by the banking elite and a microchipped population. Nick told him there would be an event then the fake war on terror would start so they could take away poeple's rights. This was 11 months before 9/11. He was offerede a job by Rockefeller but turned it down; he could of been set for life but he had morals and cared for others. Russo has sadly passed now but his work lives on.


These people are sick and immensely powerful. They print the currency and have politicians in there hand. WHy do you think all the banking elite meet at the bilderberg meetings along with the likes of henry kissinger? THEY set the agenda and policies becuase the goverment is run by them and has been since 1913. If we abolished the federal reserve; it would be over for them and goverments would actually have the power back.

I wish i had an organization but i am just an individual. I run an amazon shop
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Reply #10 posted 02/02/08 2:55pm

Rodya24

fcukthepolice said:

Rodya24 said:



I am curious: Since you are so against a number of institutions, what do you do for a living? Are you an activist for a non-profit organization?


If you knew what these institutions were you would be!

Read some of the AUTHORISED Rockefeller biographies. Read about the federal reserve.

YOU WILL BE SICKENED AND OUTRAGED! The goal of a world goverment is no closed door conspiracy; it is outrightly admitted to by the rockefellers.

Do some research on aaron russo. He was an immensely sucessful and respected man in many areas ;he brought zeppelin to the U.S, he was bette midler's manager, he was a producer of film's and tony award winning plays. After that he got into politics running for governer of Nirvada; he found out about voting fraud there and how the elections are rigged. He soon befriended nicholas rockefeller after Nick arranged to meet him. They were good friends till Russo cut off the relationship after Nick told him just what the banking elite were going to do. They want a world goverment ran through the UN by the banking elite and a microchipped population. Nick told him there would be an event then the fake war on terror would start so they could take away poeple's rights. This was 11 months before 9/11. He was offerede a job by Rockefeller but turned it down; he could of been set for life but he had morals and cared for others. Russo has sadly passed now but his work lives on.


These people are sick and immensely powerful. They print the currency and have politicians in there hand. WHy do you think all the banking elite meet at the bilderberg meetings along with the likes of henry kissinger? THEY set the agenda and policies becuase the goverment is run by them and has been since 1913. If we abolished the federal reserve; it would be over for them and goverments would actually have the power back.

I wish i had an organization but i am just an individual. I run an amazon shop
[Edited 2/2/08 14:32pm]



hmmm

I will look into this.
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Reply #11 posted 02/02/08 5:02pm

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There are a lot of problems in the US that could be fixed simply by us returning to a gold standard and taking back the power to print our own money. nod
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Reply #12 posted 02/02/08 5:13pm

Dance

Some orgers scare the hell out of me.
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Reply #13 posted 02/03/08 12:13am

fcukthepolice

guitarslinger44 said:

There are a lot of problems in the US that could be fixed simply by us returning to a gold standard and taking back the power to print our own money. nod



EXACTLY

Thankyou for having some knowledge; it is powerful
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Reply #14 posted 02/03/08 1:47am

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A DJ on a radio station once mentioned that someone had won a case against the IRS before, but they ended up losing everything in the process. I'm not sure if it was someone they knew personally or what, but it's possible to win a case against the IRS.

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