Monday, January 14, 2008

Wesley Snipes goes on trial in federal court for failure to pay taxes

The trial of actor Wesley Snipes on tax charges is scheduled to start today in Ocala, Fla.

Snipes is charged with failing to file tax returns for six years, conspiring to defraud the government and filing a false claim for a $7 million tax refund.

"Tax specialists and lawyers say that the Snipes case hinges on whether he can persuade jurors that he sincerely believed that he did not have to pay taxes, while prosecutors will argue that he was just trying to avoid them," reports the New York Times.