Ron­aldo could face tax-fraud charges

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

MADRID — Span­ish pros­e­cu­tors are con­sid­er­ing whether Cris­tiano Ron­aldo should face charges over al­le­ga­tions by the coun­try’s tax agency that he de­frauded the au­thor­i­ties of €15 mil­lion ($22.7 mil­lion Cdn) be­tween 2011 and ’14.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Thurs­day they have un­til the end of June to de­cide whether to charge the Real Madrid star, based on ev­i­dence from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by tax of­fi­cials.

The al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were mostly re­lated to money that Ron­aldo had in the Vir­gin Is­lands.

Tax of­fi­cials said Ron­aldo ad­justed his tax dec­la­ra­tions and paid an ex­tra €6 mil­lion ($9 mil­lion Cdn) in 2014.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that, if they de­cided to charge him, and if the Por­tu­gal cap­tain was sub­se­quently found guilty by a court, he would face a prison sen­tence of at least 15 months. How­ever, it would be un­likely he would go to jail as a first­time of­fender.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was con­victed of tax fraud last year.

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The al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were mostly re­lated to money Cris­tiano Ron­aldo had in the Vir­gin Is­lands.

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