Prosecutors say the actor tried to cheat the government out of $12 million in fraudulent refund claims, and that he didn't file tax returns for six years.
The agency accuses Snipes and two others of conspiring in a fraudulent scheme that contended Snipes' only taxable income was on foreign-based activities, and not the money he made in the US.
Snipes could get five years on each of two counts in the eight-count indictment. He also could be sentenced to a year in prison on each of six charges of failing to file returns, for a total of 16 years.
Snipes appeared in the "Blade" movies, as well as in "White Men Can't Jump" and in "New Jack City."
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