Apparently money can buy you a lot of things, including your freedom.
Actor Wesley Snipes, who has publicly commented that he knew that not paying his taxes “sounded too good to be true,” was acquitted of federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges. He was, however, convicted of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2004. Snipes could face up to three years in prison for the failure to file.
Snipes’ co-defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas P. Rosile, were convicted by the same jury of tax fraud and conspiracy. Kahn, a former CPA who is no longer allowed to practice in Florida and Ohio, heads a group called the American Rights Litigators, formerly Guiding Light of God Ministries.
I’ll admit that I am blown away that he wasn’t convicted. From the testimony of his employees and his actions, I believe that he was attempting to commit tax fraud – and not because he is an actual tax protestor who does not believe that taxes are an obligation (I think it’s a charade in his case) – but because he thought that he was above the law.
And there you have it.