The Spanish prosecutor demanded on Thursday penalties representing a total of ten years in prison and the payment of 18 million euros in fines against footballer Samuel Eto’o prosecuted for tax evasion.
In requisitions dated 10 November the prosecutor’s office asserts that the former FC Barcelona striker, who left the club in 2009, set up a set-up of companies to avoid declaring part of the income from his rights to the Image from 2006, a fraud representing a shortfall of some 3.9 million euros, says AFP which relays this information this Thursday.
“The footballer has pretended that these rights had been ceded to two companies domiciled respectively in Hungary and Spain, with the aim of reducing his tax fraudulently,” said the prosecutor in these requisitions consulted by AFP and transmitted to a judge Of Barcelona, in charge of the investigation of this alleged fraud.
The public prosecutor therefore considers that the attacker must be ordered to repay to the tax authorities the amount of the alleged fraud (3.9 million) plus interest and fines amounting to 14.3 million euros in total, we learned.
The prosecution also requires a one-and-a-half-year prison term for the alleged fraud in 2006 and three years for each of the following three years, up to 2009, a total of ten and a half years.
Good to know: In Spain, the requisitions of the prosecutor’s office are rendered before the return to court, which has not yet been pronounced.