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Shakira Faces Up To Eight Years In Prison For Alleged Tax Fraud

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Shakira could face up to eight years in prison for alleged tax fraud.

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Spanish prosecutors want Shakira to face more than eight years in prison.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Shakira speaks during a press conference following the Meeting Of The Minds: Investing In Early Childhood Development As The Foundation For Sustainable Development Meeting at United Nations on September 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)

Speaking yesterday, prosecutors said that if a jury convicts the singer for bilking the government out of $15 million in taxes, they’ll ask the judge to be tough on her.

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Shakira is being prosecuted for tax fraud.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 29: Shakira performs in concert at the Lluis Campanys Olympic Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/WireImage)

She’s being accused of paying too little in taxes between 2012 and 2014 during which time she spent more than half the year in Spain.

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A rep for Shakira explained:

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Columbian singer Shakira performs “Woka Woka” the FIFA World Cup 2010 anthem during the Kick-off Concert at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on June 10, 2010 ahead of the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup football tournament. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

“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.”

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They added:

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“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.”

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While Shakira and her team demand her innocence, the authorities are out for blood.

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Gerard Pique Bernabeu and Shakira attend a press conference for Pies Descalzos and FC Barcelona to announce a grant to YMCA of Greater Miami at the University of Miami Fieldhouse on August 1, 2011 in Coral Gables, Florida.

Not only do they want Shakira to do prison time, they also want Shakira to pay $15 million in unpaid taxes and another $24 million in fines.

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