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Snipes continues work despite arrest warrant



Published: Tue, October 24, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Snipes continues workdespite arrest warrant

WINDHOEK, Namibia -- Wesley Snipes will continue filming as planned in Namibia despite the U.S. warrant for his arrest on tax fraud charges, said the producer of "Gallowwalker." Joanne Reay said Snipes, who is the lead actor in the movie, was on location in the desert near the town of Swakob. Reay said Snipes had traveled to Namibia to shoot the film and not to flee U.S. justice. She said the plan was to stay until the third week in December. "As far as we understand, Wesley is not going to be arrested in Namibia," she told The Associated Press. "We are shooting and we are continuing to shoot," Reay said Monday. "We are aware of the issue around the tax charges but we are not discussing it." Snipes, 44, was indicted last week on eight counts of tax fraud, accused of trying to cheat the government out of nearly $12 million in false refund claims and not filing returns for six years. If convicted of all the charges, he could face 16 years in prison. According to the indictment, Snipes had his taxes prepared by accountants with a history of filing false returns to reap payments for their clients. The firm, American Rights Litigators, would receive 20 percent of refunds from clients, according to the indictment. Prosecutors said Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds totaling nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997 on income taxes already paid. The star of the "Blade" trilogy, "Jungle Fever" and "White Men Can't Jump" was also charged with failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004.

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Today's birthdays

Football Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle is 80. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 70. Actor-producer David Nelson is 70. Actor Kevin Kline is 59. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume is 58. Actor B.D. Wong is 44. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer Adrienne Bailon (3lw) is 23.




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