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Eddie Ray Kahn Busted in Panama

Crime & Punishment (Source) ORLANDO, Florida: One of two men indicted with actor Wesley Snipes on eight counts of tax fraud was scheduled to appear in a Florida federal court Wednesday, according to a media report. Eddie Ray Kahn was detained in Panama on Tuesday and flown back to Florida. A bond hearing for him was set for Monday, and Kahn will remain in federal custody in Ocala until then, said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Kahn 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 (€9.4 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.

Editor's Comment: OK, so we're starting to figure this out. My innate spider sense is sniffing out a pattern here. Maybe I should file this under "FAQ: I'm an a 50-something while male who's also an indicted criminal and a wanted fugitive and I'm thinking about hiding out in Panama - what do I need to do to avoid getting busted and hauled back to the slammer in the states?" So far it seems like traveling on your own passport is a bad idea, especially now that the world is wired together to fight terrorism which is, in reality, just another form of organized crime. Eddie Ray Kahn drew a lot of attention to himself here in Panama, to include leading the Christmas Prayer at the December meeting of the expats social. Not what you would call "keeping a low profile" eh? The fact of the matter is that citizens of the United States and Canada are rounded up and hauled out of here all the time, so if you're a wanted felon I might suggest Costa Rica. It seems like you'd fit right in.

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Snipes, who had a home in Windermere near Orlando, remains a fugitive. He is apparently in Namibia working on a film. Federal officials said they are negotiating with Snipes' attorneys to have him surrender. "We don't have a timetable," Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, told the Sentinel. Douglas Rosile, a Venice, Florida, 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.

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