Former King of Spain Suspected of Fraud

Former King of Spain Suspected of Fraud
Juan Carlos Credit: Twitter

THE FORMER King of Spain, Juan Carlos is currently being investigated for financial fraud. The exact nature of which is still to be determined. Depending on the amount of money involved and the purpose and source of the money, the fraud could be considered a financial or fiscal crime and may even involve the possibility of prison time.

Juan Carlos abdicated the throne in 2014 after several scandals came to light. With the Noos scandal and his relationship with Corinna Larsen being exposed during a hunting Trip, the former King of Spain lost popularity and abdicated in 2014.  According to El País, his reign of nearly 40 years was “widely credited with helping stop the February 23, 1981 coup attempt in Spain”.  After many years in the public arena, in early 2019 Juan Carlos retired from official duties.


Juan Carlos is currently being investigated due to possible failure to declare donations over a period of several years. It is currently unclear whether the sum of money involved will amount to a Financial or Fiscal crime and if the money was officially a donation or not. The abdication date of the former King is important, as with the abdication comes the loss of constitutional immunity.

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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