Ronaldo handed prison sentence in fraud tax probe
- Former Real Madrid star underwent trial at the Madrid court
- He was accused of tax evasion and will now be fined a hefty 18.8 million euros
- Earlier it was reported Cristiano could risk spending 23 months behind the bars upon the suspicion of using a number of shell companies to hide income and receive an illicit tax benefit
Spain state prosecutors found Ronaldo guilty of tax fraud and will now be handed a hefty fine of 18.8 million euros. Ronaldo has also acquiesced to serving a nominal two-year sentence which he'll serve on probation as a first offence under Spanish law (i.e. pay the fine and be released).
It was initially suspected the Portuguese international had defrauded 14.7 million euros, but then the charges were partially lifted and the former Madridista is accused of defrauding just over 5.7 million euros.
The Portuguese forward arrived at court in lifted spirits, smiled at the camera and gave two thumbs-up, showing he's in complete control of the situation.
Earlier, Madrid Prosecution issued a statement that read:
'The Provincial Prosecutors' Office of Madrid is seeking a 23-month prison sentence for Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro for the commission of four crimes against the Public Treasury relating to Personal Income Tax for the tax years 2011 to 2014 inclusive.
'Over those four years, prosecutors say the footballer deprived the Public Treasury out of 5,717,174 euros (£5.3 million).'
Cristiano has meanwhile asked the court to allow him to avoid the 'public pillory', i.e. entering the court from the main entrance, to allegedly 'guarantee his safety'.
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