Tax Fraud: Mourinho Finally Gets Jail Term
Seven years after going against the law, former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has received a one-year suspended sentence after reaching a guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday.
Mourinho will not have to serve time after admitting he defrauded Spanish authorities in 2011 and 2012.
Sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders can be suspended in Spain.
Mourinho appeared before a judge in a Madrid court to confirm the plea agreement he had reached with prosecutors. As part of the deal, he also has to pay a fine of nearly 2 million euros ($2.2 million).
Mourinho was accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million) in unpaid taxes. The money involved revenues from image rights, not salary paid by Real Madrid. He had already paid part of what he owed last year.
The 56-year-old Portuguese coach, recently fired by Manchester United, was in charge of Real Madrid from 2010-13.
Mourinho's plea deal comes two weeks after former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo pleaded guilty to tax fraud from the time he played in Spain. The Portugal forward received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay nearly 19 million euros ($21.7 million) to Spanish authorities.
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