Mu­sic icon faces tax fraud charges

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

PROS­E­CU­TORS in Barcelona plan to present crim­i­nal charges against mu­sic icon Shakira for al­legedly de­fraud­ing the Span­ish trea­sury of 14.5 mil­lion eu­ros ($A22.9 mil­lion) in taxes be­tween 2012 and 2014.

The singer’s lawyers have been in­formed that she will face charges, ju­di­cial sources said yes­ter­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors con­tend she would have evaded Span­ish in- come tax dur­ing the 2011-14 pe­riod by claim­ing she resided in the Ba­hamas for more than half of each of those years.

Shakira is the part­ner of Span­ish soc­cer star Ger­ard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona. Barcelona daily La Van­guardia re­ported that sev­eral months ago Shakira paid 20 mil­lion eu­ros ($31.6 mil­lion) for her 2011 debt plus in­ter­est, while over the past few days she paid an­other $14.5 mil­lion eu­ros ($22.9 mil­lion) for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

“Shakira has at all times ful­filled her tax obli­ga­tions and owes no money to the Span­ish Trea­sury,” the singer’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives said.

“As soon as she was made aware of the amount that ac­cord­ing to the Tax Agency she owed, as a ges­ture of good faith she made the pay­ment in full, and, there­fore, there are cur­rently no monies owed.”

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