Samuel Eto’o admits tax fraud and accepts a 22-month prison sentence – International Football – Sports

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In fact, The former Cameroonian soccer player filed a lawsuit against his former representative for alleged crimes of fraud and misappropriation in the management of his assets, a matter that is still in the investigation phase.

“I recognize the facts and I am going to pay, but let it be known that I was a child then and that I always did what my father asked me to do,” said Samuel Eto’o.

Mesalles, for his part, has preferred not to testify before admitting the facts
in a conformity trial in which the third defendant, Jesús Lastre, administrator of one of the instrumental companies used in the fraud, has been acquitted.

Likewise, The former African striker has been sentenced to pay four fines, one for each crime, amounting to 1,810,310 euros, and his former representative to another four for a total value of 905,155 euros.

The sentences, whose execution will be suspended since neither of them has a criminal record, they have been attenuated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office by acknowledging both the facts and having partially repaired the damage with the return of part of the defrauded fees.

The events that have been tried today in the City of Justice occurred between 2006 and 2009, exercises in which Samuel Eto’o He obtained significant income derived from the transfer of his image rights to the sports brand Puma and FC Barcelona, ​​which should have been taxed as income from movable capital in his personal income tax returns, but which the footballer did not declare.

Eto’o pretended that such rights had been transferred to two companies resident in Hungary and Spain, so that the income diverted to the Hungarian company, managed by Latre, was not taxed to the Treasury, while that diverted to the Spanish company, managed by Mesalles, did so at a rate much lower than that corresponding to personal income tax.

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