Found June 12, 2013 on NESN.com:
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MADRID — A Spanish prosecutor filed a fraud complaint on Wednesday against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star tried to conceal the extent of his real earnings and that he owes 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in back taxes. The complaint was lodged by Raquel Amado, a state prosecutor for the northeastern region of Catalonia. In it, Amado says that from 2006-2009 Messi “obtained significant revenue derived from the transfer to third parties of his image rights, income which should have been taxed.” The complaint says Messi “circumvented his tax obligations” by using shell companies in tax havens such as Belize and Uruguay. The case was submitted for trial at the court in Gava, the upmarket Barcelona suburb near the Mediterranean coast where Messi lives. The complaint names Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi. “We are surprised,” Messi said on his Facebook account, “because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligati...
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