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Messi Charged with Tax Fraud
Football Espana, June 12th, 2013 2:13PM

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Lionel Messi and his father have been accused of more than $5 million in tax fraud, according to El Periodico. The Spanish paper claims that the Spanish tax authorities have filed a complaint against Jorge Horacio Messi Perez and his son through courts in Gava regarding three crimes relating to public finance and income tax for the years 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The complaint alleges that the duo sold Messi’s image rights between 2006-2009 to third parties based in tax havens, but paid no tax on the income from the sale, hiding what is believed to be more than $5 million from the tax authorities.

A judge at the Gava courthouse will now consider the complaint and rule if charges should be brought against the Messis.

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