Superstar singer Shakira, whose real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, could face more than eight years in prison for alleged tax fraud. Spain prosecutors said they would ask the Colombian court to sentence the superstar to eight years and two months in prison if convicted.
The pop singer has been charged with failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors are also going to seek a fine of 24 million euros ($24 million)
Shakira rejected a settlement deal by the prosecutor and instead wants to go to trial. A date for the trial has not been set yet. Shakira’s publicist said that the Spanish Tax Agency violated her rights and that she had already deposited the amount owed, including 3 million euros of interest.