Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court

first_imgSeparately, Ronaldo is facing a rape allegation in the United States.Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada in September claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.Former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso also was in court in Madrid on Tuesday. He is accused of defrauding tax authorities of about 2 million euros ($2.3 million) from 2010-12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronaldo arrived at court in a black van and was wearing a black sports coat, black pants and white tennis shoes. He stopped to sign an autograph before walking up some stairs leading to the court house. He was accompanied by his lawyers and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez. A couple of police officers escorted the player.A few hundred journalists waited outside but the Portuguese player did not stop to talk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe court had dismissed Ronaldo’s request to enter the building directly from the parking lot, which would have allowed him to avoid the media. The request was made for security reasons, but the court said it didn’t think the measure was needed despite the player’s notoriety.Court officials said Ronaldo didn’t make any comments while in the courtroom to sign the agreement. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Smiling, he again stopped to sign autographs on his way out of the court house.Ronaldo made the deal to plead guilty with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities last year.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 ($16.7 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.The accusations didn’t involve his salary from Real Madrid, his club from 2009 until joining Italian champion Juventus last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at the court in Madrid on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to plead guilty to tax fraud. The Juventus forward arrived in a black van, walked up some stairs leading to the court house and stopped to sign an autograph. The charges stem from his days at Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo pleaded guilty to tax fraud on Tuesday and received a two-year suspended sentence.The Juventus forward, who was facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, was in court for about 45 minutes and signed an agreement which will cost him nearly 19 million euros ($21.6 million) in fines.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img

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