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Shakira faces possible 8-year prison sentence in Spanish tax fraud case

The case is heating up in Shakira’s Spanish tax fraud case. Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a prison term of eight years and two months, as well as a fine of about $25 million if the 45-year-old singer is convicted in her expected tax fraud trial, Associated Press report, ET has reached out to the singer’s representative for comment.

The six-count indictment against the singer alleges that she failed to pay $15 million in taxes to the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014, per the outlet. Although Shakira listed her official residence in those years as the Bahamas, prosecutors allege she spent more than half her time in Spain and that taxes must have been paid in the country, the AP reports.

On Friday, Shakira’s PR firm, Llorente y Cuenca, told the outlet that the singer “has always cooperated and abided by the law while demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.”

The news comes the same week as Shakira’s PR rep AP. told That the singer had turned down a plea deal and is opting for a trial instead. ,[Shakira] Relies on her innocence and chooses to leave the issue in the hands of the law,” the PR firm said.

The PR firm additionally told the outlet that the singer has deposited the amount she is said to have owed to the Spanish tax agency and that she has no tax dues.

No information has emerged about the deal prosecutors offered. A trial date has not yet been set.

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