February 1, 2008 / 9:48 PM / 12 years ago

"Blade" actor Snipes found guilty of tax charges

Wesley Snipes leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Ocala, Florida, January 31, 2008. Snipes is accused of failing to pay tax on $38 million from 1999 to 2004, and could face up to 16 years in jail. The jury is in their second day of deliberation. REUTERS/Michael Weimar

OCALA, Florida (Reuters) - Actor Wesley Snipes, star of the “Blade” movie series, was found guilty of three misdemeanors by a U.S. court on Friday for failing to file tax returns for three years.

The actor and two co-defendants had been charged with six counts of failing to file tax returns, two of fraudulently claiming tax refunds and one count of conspiracy to defraud the government.

Snipes could still face up to three years in prison, according to prosecutors.

Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Michael Christie and Jackie Frank

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