One of the drawbacks of it not being football season is that I end up drag-netting ESPN looking for scraps of football related content. But sometimes, there are benefits to that. I ran across the article below about Lionel Messi (famous soccer player) http://www.espnfc.com/barcelona/sto...-avoid-21-month-prison-sentence-for-tax-fraud In a nutshell, Messi and his dad were convicted of tax fraud in Barcelona. The younger Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison, but in lieu of jail time, the court accepted a payment of €255,500. The elder Messi got a similar deal. I didn't think much of it at first, but the more and more I thought about it, the more I'm really questioning how effective this is as a deterrent for a white collar criminal. It doesn't seem right to me that someone with means can escape jail time by pulling out a checkbook. Thoughts?