Ronaldo up on tax fraud charges
23 January 2019 | Crime
The Juventus forward, who is facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, arrived in a black van and was wearing a black sports coat and black pants. He walked up some stairs leading to the court house and even stopped to sign an autograph.
Ronaldo is expected to receive a suspended two-year sentence as part of a deal struck with Spain's state prosecutor and tax authorities last year. The agreement will cost him nearly 19 million euros (US$21.6 million) in fines.
In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.
In 2017, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros (US$16.7 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. -Nampa/AP