Thursday, March 26, 2009

Convicted Tax Cheat Partying in Dubai Makes the Feds Mad

Wesley Snipes took a detour to Dubai for New Years and it has irritated the federal prosecutors who convicted him of income-tax evasion.

Sentenced to three years, Snipes is free on bond pending appeal. He was photographed mixing it up with the other VIP guests, which included Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Charlize Theron and Janet Jackson.

He is allowed to travel on work-related film projects, but his wings may be completely grounded because of that unauthorized stop.

Snipes is asking permission to go to Namibia and Italy to shoot for the movie Gallowwalker and action flick Game of Death.

But the prosecutors don't like it at all.

"Defendant Snipes abused the court's trust and did so in a very public way. For that reason alone, the court should deny his current request for international travel."

Snipes side says, "It is essential that Mr. Snipes complete this project to satisfy his civil tax liabilities and provide for his family."

Snipes was convicted nearly a year ago of failing to file federal tax returns on at least $11 million in income earned between 1999 and 2001. He was ordered last August to reimburse the court for $217,363.75 in legal fees.

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