Pop star Shakira facing possible 8-year prison sentence for tax fraud

Singer rejected plea deal; trial date not yet set.

Updated: July 29, 2022 - 11:16am

Legendary Colombian pop singer Shakira could face up to eight years in prison if she is convicted of allegations tax fraud in Spanish court, prosecutors revealed this week. 

Spanish law enforcement are seeking the sentence over Shakira's alleged failure to pay the Spanish government $15 million. Prosecutors will also reportedly seek a $24 million fine. 

The singer earlier this week rejected a plea deal in connection with the case and opted to head to trial instead. The trial date is not yet set. 

Prosecutors say the singer spent enough time in Spain from 2012 to 2014 to qualify for paying taxes in the European country.