10 year jail term, $15M fine most likely for Eto’o

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o

Former Barcelona striker, Samuel Eto’o may be facing jail term of up to 10 years for alleged tax crimes committed when he played for the Catalonia club.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking the jail term for Eto’s along with fines of up to $15.1 million for a four count charge of fraud.

The Cameroonian striker, Eto’o is accused of allegedly defrauding Spanish authorities of almost $4 million from 2006-09, according to court documents released Thursday.

Prosecutors are seeking the same punishment for the player’s representative at the time, Jose Maria Mesalles Mata.

The administrator of a company that facilitated the deals, Manuel de Jesus Lastre Abreu, is facing more than six years in prison and a fine of $2.3 million.

Prosecutors also want Eto’o to relinquish any possible fiscal incentives for a long period.

Eto’o and his lawyers could not be immediately contacted for comment, but in the past the player denied wrongdoing, saying he was not directly involved in his tax matters.

Eto’o is among other current and past Barcelona players facing legal problems in Spain.

Recall that Lionel Mercy and his father were both sentenced to prison terms for tax evasion. However they were not sent to jail as sentences of less that two years are usually suspended in Spain.

Neymar and Barcelona are dealing with the Spanish authorities because of the player’s transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013.

Prosecutors on Wednesday announced that they are seeking to punish the Brazilian player and his club, as well as his parents, his Brazilian club and its former president because of an investment group’s claim that they concealed the value of the star’s transfer fee.

credit: NAN

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