JAVIER MASCHERANO has been charged with defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of more than €1.5 million, Spain’s public prosecutor said on Monday September 28.
The Argentinian is alleged to have omitted income earned from image rights in his 2011 and 2012 tax declarations by availing of third parties located in an offshore tax haven.
The Economic Crimes Public Prosecutor’s Office released a statement on Monday saying that “the player failed to declare income from Nike paid via a company located in the United States and another in the Portuguese island of Madeira.”
Earlier in September, Mascherano paid back €1.5m to the Spanish Treasury, plus €200,000 in interest, according to the EFE news agency, once the investigation became public knowledge.
Mascherano left Liverpool FC in August 2010 to join Barcelona. The footballer is accused of defrauding the authorities of €587,822 in 2011 and €968,907 in 2012.
He has made no public comment on the charges.