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International News: Barcelona judge rules that Shakira will stand trial for tax fraud; faces eight-year prison sentence

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2022. 2:27 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Hips don’t lie but apparently Spanish authorities believe pop sensation Shakira does.

Internationally known, Grammy Award Winning artist Shakira has moved one step closer to a possible eight-year prison sentence for tax evasion in Spain, the Latin Post reports.

A Barcelona judge ruled this week that Shakira will stand trial for tax fraud against the Public Treasury of Spain; however, the official start date has not been announced.

Shakira stands accused of not paying income and wealth tax for the period 2012 to 2014, which was calculated at around t $15.8 million.

Spanish prosecutors are focusing their case on Shakira’s residency during 2012-2014 but her attorneys contend that she did not move to Spain for good until 2015; at which time all her taxes were up to date.

The attorneys also say that the prosecutors are seeking to tax money she made as a judge on the show The Voice, but that she was still officially living in the United States while she held the position.

Shakira was offered a plea deal at the outset of the proceedings but turned it down for the opportunity to prove her innocence in court.

 

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