TAMPA, Fla. -- Actor Wesley Snipes has been indicted on eight counts of tax fraud after allegedly failing to pay nearly $12 million in taxes and failing to file tax returns for six years.
Federal prosecutors in Tampa said Snipes' fraudulently claimed refunds in 1996 and 1997 on taxes already paid and then failed to file returns between 1999 and 2004.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
In 2002, the Justice Department sued a Florida tax preparer who it said filed bogus tax refund claims, including a $7 million demand for Snipes.
Snipes is the star of the "Blade" trilogy as well as films such as Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" and the 1992 blockbuster, "White Men Can't Jump."
In 2005, South Africa refused to admit him after officials said he tried to enter the country with a forged passport.