Tax Fraud: Lionel Messi, the star player of Argentina and Barcelona and his father are going to face trial on tax fraud charges as ordered by a Spanish court.
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During the presentation of the cast to the court, the judge didn’t accept the plea of dropping the charges against the striker.
Messi and his father Jorge have been accused of tax frauds of over $5 million. However, both of them have denied of any case of defrauding Spain.
Meanwhile, the lawyers of the tax authorities are demanding a 22-month sentence if found guilty.
The Prosecutors have alleged Messi’s father Jorge for not paying taxes on Messi’s income and avoiding it in the time period 2007-09 by employing offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay.Lionel Messi To Face Trial for Tax Fraud Charges; 22 Months Jail If Guilty
On the other hand, the lawyers of Messi said that the striker has never dedicated a single minute to read, study or analyze the contracts offered to him, as reported by El Pais newspaper earlier.
The AFP news agency reported that the judge wrote that the clues have been presented which suggest that both of them are criminals.
However, the date for the hearing / trial has been set as of now. He has been four times World Player of the Year and is one of the most richest athletes across the globe.
Back in June this year, Barcelona’s high court strictly ordered Messi to remain in touch with the happenings of his finances and should not be provided immunity against it. As of now, his father manages his finances in part.
The income related to Messi’s image rights, including contracts with Banco Sabadell, Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter and Gamble, and the Kuwait Food Company.
The Barca player and his father made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment” – the amount equal to what they were alleged of not paying as taxes in August 2013.
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