Messi summoned to testify on alleged tax fraud

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been summoned by a Spanish court for questioning as part of an investigation into tax fraud allegations, AP reports.

A court in the town of Gava near Barcelona accepted a state prosecutor’s complaint alleging that Messi and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of 4 million euros ($5.3 million).

Messi and his father have been called to appear for questioning on Sept. 17. That will form part of an investigation to determine whether there exist grounds to officially charge them with tax evasion.

The court accepted the complaint lodged by prosecutor Raquel Amada on June 12 accusing the pair of not paying the correct taxes from revenue earned from image rights on Messi’s income tax returns from the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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