The Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and his Father Jorge Horácio Messi (The Name of Lionel Messi Father is Jorge Horácio Messi) Sentenced to 21 months in prison for Spanish Tax Fraud but will not have to go to prison because in the Spanish law a prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, meaning Lionel Messi and his Father Jorge Horácio Messi will not have to go to prison.
A Tax Fraud in Spanish is when an individual intentionally avoids paying tax.
BREAKING: Lionel Messi and father sentenced to 21 months for tax fraud but will not have to go to prison.
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Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and his father should stand trial on tax fraud charges, a court in Spain has ruled.
Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding Spain of more than €4m (£3.1m; $5m).
Prosecutors allege that Lionel Messi and his Father Jorge Horácio Messi avoided paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay in 2007-09.
The Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after a court in Barcelona found him guilty of three counts of tax fraud, a statement from the court said on Wednesday.
The court also sentenced the Argentine football player’s father, Jorge, to 21 months in prison for the same three crimes. The sentence can be appealed through the Spanish supreme court, the statement said.
However, under Spanish law a prison sentence under two years can be served under probation, meaning Messi and his father are unlikely to go to jail.
The court ordered Messi to pay a fine of around 2 million euros ($2.21 million) and his father to pay 1.5 million euros for the crimes.