February 1, 2008 - Wesley Snipes Acquitted of Tax Fraud
OCALA - In a verdict read at 4:05 p.m. Friday, actor Wesley Snipes was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file his federal income taxes but found not guilty of two felony and three other misdemeanor charges.
The convictions carry a maximum - but unlikely - sentence of three years in prison.
Snipes and co-defendants Douglas Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn were charged last year each with one count of conspiracy to defraud and one count of aiding and abetting the making of a false and fraudulent claim as part of an alleged tax fraud scheme.
Snipes was also charged with six misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file federal income tax returns. He was found guilty only on three of those counts.
Kahn, who continued to sit out the trial in the Marion County Jail, and Rosile both were convicted on the more serious felony charges.