Former Aston Villa striker John Carew has been sentenced to 14 months in jail in his native Norway after being discovered responsible of tax fraud.
The towering goal man spent 4 years with Villa between 2007 and 2011 earlier than transient spells with Stoke Metropolis and West Ham introduced an finish to his profession 12 months later, leaving him with 38 objectives in 123 Premier League video games.
Since retiring, Carew has spent little or no time in Norway, with prosecutors understanding he was in his homeland for simply 230 days between 2014 and 2019, however the nation’s monetary legal guidelines implies that was lengthy sufficient for him to wish to pay tax.
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Accused of failing to pay over £450,000 in tax, native reviews state that Carew has been discovered responsible and hit with a jail sentence of 14 months, alongside a £45,000 high-quality.
The choose within the case deemed that Carew didn’t deliberately defraud the system however determined that the previous striker ought to have identified the principles, saving him from a lengthier potential sentence.
Carew has lengthy admitted the fees however claimed to not have understood the principles, arguing that he obtained poor tax recommendation from former monetary advisor Per A. Flod.
“This reveals that John Carew is believed on all counts,” an announcement from defence lawyer Berit Reiss-Andersen learn. “The court docket has concluded that he has acted grossly negligently, however not with intent. Now we have claimed this all alongside, and Carew has been clear that he has wished to make amends.”
Carew has the choice to enchantment the sentence.