Colombian pop singer Shakira could face up to eight years in prison in a case in which Spanish prosecutors accused her of tax fraud.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, faces six charges alleging she failed to pay the Spanish government nearly $15 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors said they would also seek a $24.5 million fine.
The singer “trusts her innocence and chooses to leave the matter in the hands of justice,” her public relations firm Llorente y Cuenca said in a statement on Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the pending tax fraud case:
Will Shakira go to trial for tax evasion?
Shakira’s tax fraud case is expected to go to trial after the 45-year-old singer rejected a settlement agreement offered by prosecutors. A trial date has not yet been set.
If she is found guilty, prosecutors are asking the court to hand down a sentence of eight years and two months.
A judge can waive prison time for first-time offenders if they are sentenced to less than two years behind bars.
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When was Shakira accused of tax fraud?
Prosecutors charged Shakira with tax evasion in December 2018, alleging that she failed to pay millions in taxes to the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014.
Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years, but prosecutors say she was actually living in Spain with her now ex-partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, the father of her two children.
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What has Shakira said about the trial for tax fraud?
Shakira testified before a judge in 2019 as part of an investigation into her alleged tax evasion and denied any wrongdoing. Her public relations firm said she immediately paid what she owed with interest once the tax office informed her of the debt.
The case depends on where she lived during the years in question.
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The court rejected his appeal in May and recommended a trial.
Spanish judge Marco Juberías wrote that his three-year investigation found there was “sufficient evidence of criminality” for the case to go to trial.
Contributor: Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press