Soccer Star Lionel Messi Likely To Avoid Jail

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A Barcelona court has ruled Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Horatio Messi guilty of three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009. And for each fraud offense they are supposed to spend seven months in jail making a total of 21 months. However both he and his father will not serve jail time.

Spanish laws purport that a jail sentence under two years can be served under probation and the soccer player can avoid jail since it is his first time and as long as he does not break the law again. Nevertheless, Messi is to pay a fine of  $2.3 million whilst his father has been slammed with a $1.7 million fine.

Prosecutors brought to the court that Messi and his father used tax havens in Belize and Uruguay as well as shell companies in U.K and Switzerland to evade tax totaling 4.1 Euros from 2007 to 2009.

Fc Barcelona extended its support to the player when it issued this statement:

“FC Barcelona gives all its support to Leo Messi and his father with relation to the sentence for tax evasion handed out by the Provincial Court in Barcelona today. The Club, in agreement with the Government prosecution service, considers that the player, who has corrected his position with the Spanish Tax Office, is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts underlined in this case. FC Barcelona continues to be at the disposal of Leo Messi and his family to support him in whatever action he decides to take in defense of his honesty and his legal interests.”

Both Messi and Jorge denied willful wrongdoing with the former stating that he signed many documents without knowledge of its contents and allowed a notary’s office set up a company to handle his finances without knowing the processes involved.

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