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Marcelo Pleads Guilty In Tax Fraud Case, Gets Four Months Jail Term
Real Madrid defender, Marcelo has accepted a suspended four- month prison service for his tax fraud case. The Brazilian will not be spending time behind bars due to Spanish law that allows sentences of less than two years to be served on probation. Marcelo was set to appear in court on Tuesday in order to plead guilty of the charges so as to void jail sentence and get reduced fine. The former Fluminese star was accused of evading the payment of €1m after he transferred his image rights to an Uruguayan company, Birsen Trade SA which he used to evade the tax payment. The Brazilian who has won four Champions league titles with Real Madrid since joining in 2007 and has made over 450 appearances, admitted to handing his affairs to a company that "lacks the human and material resources to carry out its functions" to which the authorities ruled that he had evaded taxes worth approximately €500,000. Marcelo is also accused of evading the payment of €100,476 and €101,615 in the years of 2011 and 2012 but this will only entail a sanction by administrative way of about €150,000. Considering the full fines and interest, Marcelo will have to pay almost €1m to free himself from legal trouble. The 30-year old becomes the latest to be involved in tax evasion case, following Lionel Messi who paid €250,000 for a suspended 21-month jail term and Cristiano Ronaldo who was fine around €21 million for two years tax evasion. Jose Mourinho, Luka Modric, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria have all at one time cut a deal with prosecutors for the same offence.