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Barca chiefs say Lionel Messi paid taxes

June 13, 2013
By news services
BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona's current and former presidents are setting aside their differences and defending Lionel Messi against allegations of tax fraud, a case that experts say could carry a prison sentence for the Argentina star.

A Spanish state prosecutor filed a fraud complaint on Wednesday alleging that Messi and his father Jorge avoided paying 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in back taxes from 2006-2009 through illegal overseas tax havens.

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