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Spanish tax fraud, pop star Shakira could face up 8 years in prison

Spanish tax fraud trial, pop star Shakira could face up to 8 years in prison

Prosecutors in Spain said Friday that if Colombian pop star Shakira is convicted in her upcoming trial for alleged tax fraud, they will ask a court to sentence her to eight years and two months in prison.

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is accused of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes to the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors also stated that they would seek a fine of 24 million euros ($24 million).

Shakira is charged with six counts in the indictment. The singer rejected a settlement offer from prosecutors this week, instead opting to go to trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

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In a statement issued Friday, her publicists in London stated that Shakira “has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.” The publicists claimed that the Spanish Tax Agency had violated her rights.

Shakira’s public relations team in Spain announced earlier this week that the singer had deposited the amount she is said to owe, plus 3 million euros in interest. Prosecutors in Barcelona claim that between 2012 and 2014, the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year in Spain and should have paid taxes there. Shakira recently ended an 11-year marriage to FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children. The family previously resided in Barcelona.

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