Mourinho fined for tax fraud, in lieu of jail time

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Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho on Tuesday accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence, to settle his tax fraud case.

However, the former Manchester United manager will not set foot in a prison cell, as it is a first time, non-violent offence and the sentence is smaller than two years.

The Portuguese tactician spent three years in charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and won a Spanish league title.

Mourinho, who pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, has been fined €2 million.

A one-year prison sentence will instead be exchanged for a fine of €182,500 (£160,160). The money involved revenues from image rights, not salary paid by Real Madrid.

The former Manchester United manager was accused of owing Spanish tax authorities almost €3.3 million (£2.9million).

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Mourinho defrauded the tax authorities of €3m.

Mourinho has been without a club since December when United fired him for poor results.

Mourinho is the latest high-profile personality to have reached a plea bargain deal with Spanish authorities. The Portugal forward received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay almost 19 million euros (US$21.7 million) to Spanish authorities.

However, tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens, Mourinho committed fraud by not declaring the income those companies made from the rights.

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