Wesley Snipes – Guilty and Innocent – Department of Justice Comments!

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These are comments from a Department of Justice news release:

A jury today found Wesley Trent Snipes guilty on three misdemeanor charges for failing to file income tax returns. Snipes was acquitted on felony charges of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and presenting a fraudulent claim for payment to the IRS. He was also acquitted on three other charges of failing to file income tax returns. Eddie Ray Kahn, of Sorrento, Florida, and Douglas P. Rosile, of Venice, Florida, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and presenting a fraudulent claim for payment to the IRS.

A sentencing date has not been set. The conspiracy and false claim charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment. Snipes faces up to one year imprisonment on each charge of failing to file income tax returns.

Kahn was the founder and leader of American Rights Litigators (ARL), a tax protestor organization based in Lake County, Florida. Rosile prepared returns for ARL clients, such as Snipes.

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill stated, “Filing tax returns is not optional. It is a legal requirement. Mr. Snipes now faces up the three years in federal prison for his willful failure to comply with the law.”

“The jury’s conviction of Wesley Snipes today represents the latest in a long string of criminal convictions by the Justice Department and the IRS against tax protestors,” said Nathan J. Hochman, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, “Those who unlawfully dodge their tax obligations should know that they face long prison terms and stiff financial penalties.”

“Our criminal justice system has once again determined that there are no legal grounds for failure to file or pay federal taxes. There is no secret formula that eliminates a persons’ tax obligations — the law is very clear: people must pay their taxes. Today’s conviction again reminds all honest taxpayers that arguments from those who promote tax schemes are simply wrong and do not stand up to the scrutiny of the law,” said acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Linda Stiff.

Clearly the IRS would have liked more, but the main culprits have been convicted and a clear message has been sent. According to Snipes attorney, Snipe will now comply. Likewise, the IRS has said it will seek civil penalties and pursue Snipes till all that is due is paid.

And yet one more time the government establishes the long standing requirement (regardless of certain tax protesters opinions) that there are two things in life that are true – death and taxes.

Business Ethics Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…

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3 Responses to Wesley Snipes – Guilty and Innocent – Department of Justice Comments!

  1. Rick Jones says:

    Take note in the case of Wesley Snipes, the IRS has a policy (not law) of not filing criminal charges against a taxpayer who gets current with filings BEFORE a criminal investigation begins.

  2. samantha gurnes says:

    there is NO “law” that requires anybody to file an income tax return and there is no “law” that makes anybody liable to pay any income tax. period the end!

    notice how they never mention or show the law (regulation backed by a specific statute) that snipes or anybody else supposedly breaks.???

    the reason is because there simply is no law! none.

    watch the free movie “freedom to fascism” on youtube
    and see the proof from ex IRS agents, senators and congressmen and the secretary of treasurer himself.

    the IRS has no authority to seize anything or place any leins or levies on anybody without a court order.

    only a US Marshall can seize property and even they are required to obtain a court order beforehand.

    tax evasion is not even a crime.

    • Samantha…allow me to suggest that you stand by your claims and not file or pay your taxes. If you truly believe what you say…then you should test the theory. Wesley did and look where it got him. Yes…there is one guy in LA that won in court – but consider that is Louisiana. Otherwise, people who test the theory that there is no law go to jail.

      Let me know, however, how it turns out for you…

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