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Prosecutors would swap prison for fine in Messi tax fraud case: press
June 23, 2017 / 8:46 AM / 4 months ago

Prosecutors would swap prison for fine in Messi tax fraud case: press

Football Soccer - Argentina v Brazil - International Friendly - Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia - 09/06/17 - Argentina's Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Jason Reed

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s state prosecutor would accept substituting a fine of 255,000 euros ($285,116) for the 21-month prison sentence handed down by a Barcelona court to soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud, Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Friday.

Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights and were also fined 2 million euros.

Spain’s Supreme Court rejected in May an appeal by the Barcelona football star and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence.

The state prosecutor was not immediately available to comment on Friday.

($1 = 0.8945 euros)

Reporting By Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Paul Day

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