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Lionel Messi faces possible jail time for tax fraud

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 09:35 AM

On October 9, Spanish newspaper El País reported that state lawyers representing Spain’s Treasury will be pursuing 3 counts of tax fraud against FC Barcelona star Lionel “Leo” Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi – effectively rejecting the Public Prosecution Office’s October 7th request to drop all charges against Lionel Messi and only charge his father.

Just one day after the request, the judge overseeing the case denied the request, following a report produced by state lawyers giving reasons as to why Lionel Messi should be charged alongside his father. If the Messis are found guilty, each could be sentenced up to 22 months in prison on top of facing heavy fines. A trial date has yet to be set.

Topics: tax fraud, tax avoidance, tax evasion, tax haven, leo messi