Fbefore Barcelona player Samuel Eto’o and former agent Jose Maria Mesales were sentenced to 22 months and one year of probation for tax fraud amounting to 3.8 million euros between 2006 and 2009.
In a statement This is about acknowledged that he took responsibility, but also placed the blame on Mesalleswho was believed to be the father at the time of the offenses.
“It was my father who took care of the child that I was then,” This is about said. “I’m going to pay, but I always did what my father told me I had to do.”
The former footballer has filed a lawsuit against his former agent for alleged fraud and misappropriation of his assets, but the case is still under investigation.
Mesalles chose not to testify in a case in which prosecutors demanded that both men be sentenced to four years and six months in prison.
In the end, these terms were reduced to 22 months for This is about and one year for his former agent.
Fines amount to almost 2 million euros
This is about four fines were also imposed, one for each offense, amounting to €1.8 million, while Mesalles was asked to pay four fines totaling €905,155.
Since none of the men have a criminal record, they will not serve time in prison.
Fraud associated with This is about non-declaration of income received from the transfer of rights to his image to Puma and Barcelona in his income tax return from 2006 to 2009.
Instead, he taxed the image rights through two companies – one in Spain and one in Hungary – to avoid such high taxes.