Shakira Is Confident in Her Case As She Heads To Trial, Facing Lengthy Prison Stay

The alleged fraud supposedly occurred between 2012-14.

Colombian singer Shakira blows kisses as she arrives for the screening of the film "Elvis" during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 25, 2022. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Right now, things don’t look so great for pop sensation Shakira. As we relayed, she is facing up to eight years in prison. The tax fraud charges stem from Spanish authorities.

But a statement from a representative of Shakira’s camp to People made it sound as if they’re not too concerned.

“Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm,” the statement reads, added that Shakira is confident in her “innocence.”

Shakira attends the screening of “Elvis” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

It continues: “Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case. Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process.”

When did this happen?

The alleged fraud supposedly occurred between 2012-14. It was during that time frame that Shakira was residing in Barcelona. Officials say that she moved after striking up a relationship with soccer player Gerard Piqué. During that period, she maintained a fiscal residence in the Bahamas, yet avoided paying taxes in Spain, prosecutors say.

Shakira maintains that she did not officially move to and reside in Spain until 2015.

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