Lionel Messi Handed 21 Month Jail Term in Spain for Tax Fraud

Spain – Footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, as reported by BBC.

“His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.

The report goes on to say, “The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday’s ruling by the court in Barcelona.

“As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment”, equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.”

In Spain prison terms of less than two years can be served under probation. The sentence can be appealed via the Spanish supreme court.