The public prosecutor in Barcelona has filed an accusation against the Colombian singer Shakira for $16.3 million tax fraud between 2012 and 2014. The report says that Shakira alledgly feigned tax residency in the Bahamas despite living in Spain most of the year.
Spanish law states that when a citizen lives for more than a year in Spain, they must be considered a tax resident. According to the prosecutors, Shakira “had no physical presence” in the Bahamas.
If a judge accepts the criminal complaint, the Colombian singer would be summoned to a court to give testimony.
Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo had a similar situation with Spanish justice and was convicted to two years in prison that he will not serve and had to pay €13.4 million to Spanish coffers on past August.