By Ben Fractenberg
UPPER EAST SIDE — In a bizarre twist to the Kenneth Starr Ponzi scheme case, the former celebrity financial accountant’s wife claims Wesley Snipes hired private eyes to investigate her.
Former exotic dancer Diane Passage told the New York Post that two men in dark suits followed her around the Upper East Side. Passage said the private eyes also contacted her lawyer saying they were trying to clear Snipes of tax-evasion charges.
"I was leaving, and I noticed two men trailing behind me. They stood out because they were wearing dark suits on a 90-degree day. They followed me for a block and a half, then I lost them because they were sweating so much,” she told The Post.
"They contacted my doorman and my attorney, and said they wanted information that might help Snipes. He was a client [of Starr’s] in 2000 but before I met my husband. I have nothing to do with his taxes."
Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to pay income taxes. The actor appealed the verdict saying that the jury was not made aware that Kenneth Star, who was Snipes' former accountant, was being investigated for possible criminal behavior.