ORLANDO, Fla. – One of two men indicted with actor Wesley Snipes on eight counts of tax fraud charges was scheduled to appear in a Florida federal court Wednesday, federal authorities said.
Eddie Ray Kahn was detained in Panama on Tuesday and flown back to Florida.
Kahn, who once lived in Sorrento, is accused of promoting tax-evasion schemes through his now-defunct entities, Guiding Light of God Ministries and American Rights Litigators.
According to the Oct. 17 indictment, Snipes used Kahn's tax packages to unsuccessfully claim nearly $12 million in refunds for taxes he paid in 1996 and 1997. Snipes had his taxes prepared by accountants with a history of filing false returns to reap payments for their clients, reports said. As part of the deal, the indictment alleges, the firm, American Rights Litigators, would receive 20 percent of refunds from clients.
Snipes, who had a home in Windermere near Orlando, remains a fugitive. He is apparently in Namibia working on a film. Federal officials have said they are negotiating with Snipes' attorneys to have him surrender.
Douglas Rosile, a Venice, Fla., an accountant who worked on Snipes' taxes, was released by a federal judge in Ocala after he surrendered to authorities Oct. 17.
All three men face conspiracy-to-defraud charges.