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Shakira Faces 8 Years In Prison For Allegedly Committing Tax Fraud In Spain

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Colombian pop star Shakira is in trouble with the Spanish law. She's being charged with tax fraud and has allegedly failed to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros.

Known for her unparalleled dance moves and popular 2020 Super Bowl performance, Shakira is an international pop sensation. She has two children with Gerard Piqué, FC Barcelona soccer player, but unfortunately the couple recently separated after 11 years together. Shakira is currently facing legal action from the Spanish government.

Shakira Faces 8 Years in Prison for Allegedly Committing Tax Fraud in Spain

Shakira, 45, is being accused of committing fraud on her taxes. She declined a settlement deal in a case alleging that she evaded paying the Spanish government 14.5 million euros (which is about $15 million USD) in taxes. Now she will head to court; prosecutors are bringing forth an indictment of six different charges and are seeking a prison sentence of eight years and two months, as well as a fine of 24 million euros.

A large part of the case is about where Shakira was living between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors claim that she was in Spain for most of that time, but her primary residence was listed as The Bahamas. Nevertheless, Spanish judge Marco Juberías reviewed three years of Shakira's tax history and believes there is "sufficient evidence of criminality" for a trial.

Shakira's publicist claims that she has paid the money she owes, plus 3 million euros in interest. “Shakira’s conduct on tax matters has always been impeccable in all the countries where she has had to pay taxes, and she has trusted and faithfully followed the recommendations of the best specialists and expert advisors,” her publicists said in a statement earlier this year.

There is no trial date set yet for this case.

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