Leo Messi and his dad will stand trial over allegations that they defrauded authorities of more than $4.5 million somewhere around 2007 and 2009, the Spanish daily paper El Pais reports.
A Barcelona judge rejected Messi’s appeal, concluding that he had profited from a plan professedly set up by his dad to defraud Spanish tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million).
Regardless of whether Messi knew he was violating tax laws, the judge ruled, did not make a difference.
The subject of whether Messi purposely partook in the alleged fraud, or on the off chance that it was all his dad’s thought, will be addressed amid his trial.
Messi and his dad, Jorge Horacio Messi, are blamed for evading tax commitments in Spain by utilizing organizations as a part of Belize and Uruguay to sell the rights to Messi’s image. Messi’s dad professedly set up the scheme when his child was still a minor.
Father and child have both denied the assertions, and Messi’s attorneys have contended that he “has never spent one minute of his life reading, studying, or analyzing” the contracts involved in the alleged scheme.
Prosecutors answered that Messi had signed the agreement when he turned 18 and was recorded as a sole administrator of one of the deceitful organizations being referred to.
A judge initially led against Messi and his dad in October, expressing that “in this kind of wrongdoing, it is redundant for somebody to have complete knowledge of all the bookkeeping and business operations nor the accurate amount, rather it is adequate to be mindful of the outlines to confer misrepresentation and agree to them.”
The Messis’ appeal of this decision was finally rejected Wednesday. Father and child will show up in court at some point this mid year.