Snipes 'In Africa' Shooting Movie
Reported by Jay Cochran - 10:59 AM 2006.10.20
LATEST: American actor WESLEY SNIPES has yet to be arrested on eight counts of tax fraud because he is in Africa filming a movie. The WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP star stands accused of trying to cheat the US government out of millions of dollars in false refund claims. He also allegedly failed to file tax returns for six years between 1999 and 2004. Snipes was thought to have so far evaded arrest because authorities cannot find him - but this is because he is in Namibia shooting action film GALLOWWALKER, according to the head of the country's film commission. EDWIN KANGUATJIVI tells the New York Daily News, "He is in the country shooting a film called Gallowwalker. They're in the third week of shooting." Snipes could face up to 16 years behind bars if found guilty of the tax offences, which total nearly $12 million (£6.7 million) in fraudulently claimed refunds on income taxes paid in 1996 and 1997.