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The purpose of this website is to provide interested people with relevant and timely background information regarding the Wesley Snipes criminal trial taking place in January 2008 in Ocala, FL.

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1985

Eddie Ray Kahn is found guilty of willful failure to file tax returns and is sentenced to three years in federal prison.

1997

December 19: Douglas P. Rosile Sr.’s Florida CPA license is revoked.

1999

July 27: Snipes’ defense attorney Robert Bernhoft is permanently enjoined by the court from selling an abusive tax scheme called the “De-Taxing America Program.”

December 28: Douglas P. Rosile Sr. declares bankruptcy (Chapter 9.)

2000

January 8: Snipes pays Eddie Ray Kahn a $2,000 consulting fee.

April 19: Snipes files an amended return for the 1996 tax year requesting a $4 million refund.

May 10: The Florida Bar subpoenas Eddie Ray Kahn to answer questions about whether he is practicing law without a license, a criminal misdemeanor in the state of Florida.

June: Kahn conducts a private seminar in Snipes’ home.

November 30: Snipes send a fictitious $1 million “bill of exchange” to the IRS.

2001

January 19: Snipes send a fictitious $12 million “bill of exchange” to the IRS.

April 11: Snipes amends his 1997 federal tax return, adjusting his adjusted gross income from $19,238,192 to $0, and requesting a full refund of $7,360,755. Douglas P. Rosile Sr. signs the form as his tax preparer.

April 15: Snipes doesn’t file or pay taxes for the year 2000.

2002

March 14: The US Government sues Douglas P. Rosile Sr. to stop him from promoting the “861 scheme.”

April 15: Snipes doesn’t file or pay taxes for the year 2001.

May 24: A Special Agent from the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS reads Snips his rights and informs him that he is under investigation.

June 10: The US District Court grants the government a preliminary injunction shutting down Douglas P. Rosile Sr.’s 861 scheme.

August 8: The US government sues Eddie Ray Kahn for $56,622 in back taxes for tax years 1986, 1987, and 1988. Kahn loses the suit.

September 6: Eddie Ray Kahn files for bankruptcy (Chapter 13).

September 10: Snipes send a fictitious $1 million “bill of exchange” to the IRS.

2003

April 15: Snipes doesn’t file or pay taxes for the year 2002.

December 8: The US Government sues Eddie Ray Kahn to enjoin him from selling an abusive tax scheme.

November 3: Snipes sends a letter to the IRS challenging their authority to conduct an investigation.

2004

January 5: Eddie Ray Kahn declares bankruptcy (Chapter 13.)

January 17: Snipes sends another letter to the IRS challenging their authority to conduct an investigation.

February 16: Eddie Ray Kahn’s offices are raided by the IRS. That night, he and his wife Kookie Kahn flee to Panama.

April 15: Snipes doesn’t file or pay taxes for the year 2003.

June 20: Douglas P. Rosile Sr. declares bankruptcy (Chapter 13.)

July 1: Eddie Ray Kahn is found in contempt of court for violating the court injunction order.

August 12: Eddie Ray Kahn is permanently enjoined from selling the 861 Scheme.

August 20: Bench warrant issued for Eddie Ray Kahn.

2005

April 15: Snipes doesn’t file or pay taxes for the year 2004.

2006

April 5: Wesley Snipes, Douglas P. Rosile Sr., and Eddie Ray Kahn are indicted.

June 23: Douglas P. Rosile Sr. is permanently enjoined from selling his “861 scheme” by the US District Court.

June 29: Douglas P. Rosile Sr. declares bankruptcy (Chapter 7.) His bankruptcy forms show $432,000 in back federal taxes, $18,000 in erroneous tax refunds, and almost $55,000 in credit card and miscellaneous debt.

October 12: Superseding indictment in the case against Wesley Snipes, Douglas P. Rosile Sr., and Eddie Ray Kahn.

October 31: Eddie Ray Kahn is arrested in Panama and flown back to the United States where he is held pending trial.

2008

January 14: The criminal trial is scheduled to begin.