Muhammad Ali, Spike Lee may be called in Snipes trial

January 15th, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by admin  


London, Jan 15(ANI): Ex-boxer Muhammad Ali and director Spike Lee may be called as character witnesses in actor Wesley Snipes’ tax fraud and conspiracy case.

According to Daily Snack, the actors lawyers had listed more than 70 potential witnesses, including actors Woody Harrelson and Sylvester Stallone and director Gus Van Sant in the conspiracy case.

Snipes has been indicted for making false and fraudulent claims for payment and defraud United States against millions of dollars.

He alleged of first collaborating with veteran tax protester Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile in 2000 and then stopped filing tax returns.

According to the prosecutors Snipes deceptively tried to reclaim 11 million dollars in paid 1996 and 1997 taxes and directed his film companies to stop withholding taxes from employees.

If convicted, Snipes can face imprisonment for 16 years. (ANI)

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