The Prosecutor’s Office asks six months in prison for Diego Costa for tax fraud

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The Prosecutor’s Office has requested six months in prison and a fine of 507,208 euros for the Atlético de Madrid footballer Diego Costa for defrauding the Treasury of just over a million euros, related to the 2014 personal income tax. The Provincial Court of Madrid has set the trial for this cause against the Spanish-Brazilian striker for next Thursday. Diego Costa already pleaded guilty before the judge last October and returned 1,142,888 euros to the treasury that he evaded, but he will have to pay the economic sanction imposed and avoid the jail sentence claimed.

Diego Costa, represented by the Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes, committed a tax crime in his 2014 personal income tax declaration, “motivated by an intention to obtain an illegal tax benefit”, according to the provisional conclusions of the Prosecutor’s Office. The Spanish-Brazilian striker was denounced last year by the Treasury for defrauding taxes during the season in which he left Atlético to sign for Chelsea. “In order to comply with the employment contract with Chelsea, the accused moved his residence to the United Kingdom on July 20, 2014, thus having the status of tax resident in Spain in that year with the corresponding tax obligations,” he recalls. the prosecution.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the Spanish player of Brazilian origin also omitted 1,371,098 euros in his tax declaration, “corresponding to income obtained from the exploitation of his image rights, directly by him or through the companies Sertora Investments Ltd., Chaland Limited and Stylebright Limited, brought in order to make those benefits opaque. ” Like other soccer players reported and tried for tax fraud, Diego Costa used several shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands or Ireland to manage his image rights and contracts.

Regarding the “apparent assignees of image rights”, the Prosecutor’s Office indicates that Diego Costa “held control of Sertora, being its beneficial owner and transferring its rights to Chaland and this Stylebright, whose sole shareholder was the accused,” who returned Atlético, from Chelsea, in 2018. According to the Tax Agency, the current Atletico footballer did not correctly pay the advertising contract that he signed with Adidas for an amount of 800,000 euros after changing his residence. Despite living in Spain, he nevertheless paid tribute in 2014 as a tax resident in England.

In the trial to be held on Thursday, only the agreement reached by Diego Costa with the Treasury will have to be ratified and the sentence of six months in jail confirmed for his crime against the Public Treasury, although in no case, since he lacks a record and is his sentence of less than two years will enter prison.

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