Celebrities who have had tax problems

Posted: 11:34 PM EDT Apr 16, 2012   Updated: 10:25 AM EDT Jul 06, 2016

Soccer star Lionel Messi, found guilty Wednesday of defrauding the Spanish government of $4.6 million, is just the latest famous name to run afoul of the tax man.

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Soccer superstar Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, were found guilty Wednesday of using offshore accounts to hide Messi's earnings, defrauding the Spanish government of around $4.6 million in unpaid taxes between 2007 and 2009. While both Messi and his father were handed 21-month sentences, they will not have to serve any prison time unless the break the law again. Instead, Messi was fined $2.3 million while his father faces a $1.7 million fine of his own.


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