Action star Wesley Snipes, who in October, was charged with fraudulently claiming tax refunds of nearly $12 million, has surrendered to authorities here.

Snipes, star of such action genre pictures as the “Blade” trilogy and “New Jack City,” was later released on a $1 million bond.

Snipes will be allowed to return to Namibia to finish a project currently underway, but must return to his home in Marina Del Rey, Calif., on or before January 10. After that, he must also surrender his passport.
In addition to the fraudulent returns, Snipes, 44, was charged with failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004.

According to the indictment, Snipes’ taxes were prepared by American Rights Litigators, a firm with a history of filing false returns in order to claim refunds for clients.

If convicted, Snipes faces up to 16 years in prison.

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