Feds Seeking Snipes Should Check Namibia

The Associated Press
Friday, October 20, 2006; 8:49 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Where in the world is Wesley Snipes?

In Namibia.

When the actor was indicted on eight counts of tax fraud Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Paul I. Perez said Snipes had not been arrested because authorities did not know where he was.

The TV show "Inside Edition" found Snipes in Namibia, where he is renting a house for $6,000 a month while he films the movie "Gallowwalker." He has been in the African nation for seven weeks, the show reported.

Prosecutors say Snipes fraudulently claimed refunds totaling nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997 on income taxes already paid. The star of the "Blade" trilogy and other films including "Jungle Fever" and "White Men Can't Jump" was also charged with failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004.

If convicted of all the charges, Snipes, 44, faces up to 16 years in prison.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made Namibia a household name in Hollywood last spring by choosing the country for the birth of their daughter, Shiloh Nouvel.

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