Shakira tax fraud case: after singer refuses plea agreement, prosecutors seek $8 years in prison and a $24 million fine.
In her tax fraud case, Shakira was presented with a settlement proposal; nevertheless, she refused it and chose to proceed to trial.
If found guilty in her trial for alleged tax fraud, international pop artist Shakira might receive a severe prison sentence as well as a huge fine.
Spanish prosecutors want Shakira to receive a 24 million euro ($24 million) fine in addition to an eight years and two months in prison sentence.
Shakira was presented with a settlement proposal but declined it in favour of going to trial. There is no specific time yet.
Shakira's representatives said to Fox News Digital, "Shakira has always complied with the rules and followed the law.
Exhibiting great character as a person and a taxpayer, and obediently adhering to the advice of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a famous and well-known tax business.
Unfortunately, she continues to have her rights violated by the Spanish Tax Office, which consistently loses litigation filed on behalf of its taxpayers.
Shakira is sure that by the time the legal process is over, her innocence will have been established."
Shakira is accused of neglecting to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
The "Hips Don't Lie" singer allegedly spent more than half of both 2012 and 2014 in Spain
Making it necessary for him to pay taxes there, according to Barcelona prosecutors.
The star appealed the same tax fraud allegations in May, but the court denied her motion.
After 11 years of dating, Shakira and her longtime partner, FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué, recently called it quits.
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