I have not one bit of sympathy for Wesley Snipes. The guy goes down a path that others have trod before, with no success, and then plays stupid in court when finally hauled in to account for his crimes. He actually claims:
"I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance," Snipes said.
Snipes said his wealth and celebrity attracted "wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat." He called himself "well-intentioned, but miseducated."
Due diligence is what you do to protect your interests and I am willing to bet that Wesley does plenty of that when a film contract comes his way. If he had limited his actions to himself, I might be persuaded, but no:
...the government said Snipes instructed his employees to stop paying their own taxes and sought $11 million in 1996 and 1997 taxes he legally paid.
Nope, I am not buying the claim that Wesley is some poor unfortunate who fell prey to nefarious folk who took advantage of his good nature. Neither did the judge.
Wonder if he'll wind up at Club Fed?