Jury out to consider Snipes verdict

The jury in US actor Wesley Snipes’ tax case has passed its first full day of deliberation without a verdict.

The jury in US actor Wesley Snipes’ tax case has passed its first full day of deliberation without a verdict.

Snipes and two co-defendants are accused of fraud and conspiracy in an eight-count indictment from 2006.

The action star faces six additional charges in Florida for failing to file tax returns from 1999-2004.

The US revenue authority, the IRS, alleges Snipes, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile engaged them in a long fight insisting the actor didn’t owe any taxes.

The US government must prove not only that Snipes and company broke the law, but that they meant to.

Snipes’ lawyers say he was a victim of bad financial advice, and sincerely believed he did not have to pay the government anything.

Kahn is the alleged ringleader of a central Florida tax protest group called American Rights Litigators, then Guiding Light of God Ministries.

Kahn, a former CPA who lost licences to practice in Florida and Ohio, allegedly drew up Snipes’ fraudulent refund claims.

Prosecutors say the actor was looking for a way to avoid increasing tax bills caused by his burgeoning movie success.

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