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Published: Sat, November 26, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Prosecutors seek 10-year prison term for Eto'o for tax fraud

Prosecutors seek 10-year prison term for Eto'o for tax fraud

Cameroonian legend and four-time African Footballer of the Year victor Samuel Eto'o is the latest on the radar for tax fraud offences in Spain.

Public prosecutors also say the Cameroon star must pay over 15 Million Dollars as a fine for defrauding Spain's tax authority of nearly four Million Dollars from 2006 to 2009.

A Spanish paper, El Pais, Eto'o defrauded the Spanish government of 3.5 million euros while playing for Barcelona between 2006 and 2009.

The allegations are said to relate to the way in which the tax on image rights for the player was handled, and it is also alleged that his income from personal sponsor Puma had been dealt with as corporate tax when he should have been paying income tax at the highest rate.

In July 2013, a judge upheld a suit brought by Eto'o against Mesalles which accused the agent of stripping the player of much of the wealth he accumulated throughout his career.

The prosecutor alleges that Eto'o set up a series of front companies to avoid paying taxes during his decade of soccer success in Spain's La Liga where he notably fronted Barcelona's attack. They are also pushing for Samuel Eto'o to give up any public aid funds as well as possible fiscal incentives such as social security payments entitled for defendants.

Recall that Lionel Mercy and his father were both sentenced to prison terms for tax evasion. The Cameroon striker now plays with the Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Also this year, Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano was handed a suspended one-year sentence for tax fraud, and former defender Adriano was also charged with tax irregularities.

Samuel Eto'o spent five successful seasons at Barca between 2004 and 2009, during which time he scored 129 goals for the club in 201 appearances.

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