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Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé caught for tax evasion

By Anne Sewell     Apr 29, 2014 in Entertainment
Barcelona - Montserrat Caballé, the Spanish operatic soprano famous worldwide for singing "Barcelona" with Freddie Mercury back in the 1980s, has been charged with tax evasion to the tune of more than half a million euros by Spanish authorities.
According to a Barcelona court, they are investigating whether 81-year-old Caballé actually did fail to declare her earnings from back in 2010, which amount to €508,462 ($702,241).
According to Spain's public prosecutor, Caballé became a resident in neighboring Andorra, a small principality up in the Pyrenees, “with the sole objective of not paying taxes to the Spanish State.” The prosecutor's report claims Caballé continued to live in Spain, but opened a bank account in Andorra, to avoid paying tax in her home country.
According to ABC (Spanish language), during 2010, Caballé apparently performed several concerts in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine, and also made recordings in Moscow, Geneva and Barcelona. She allegedly signed all her contracts through a dummy company based in Andorra.
The Spanish edition of the Huffington Post reported that the public prosecutor, Carmen Martín, asked the judge to set bail or seize assets equivalent to the amount allegedly defrauded. Caballé is due to appear in court May 9th.
A stunning performance on stage with Freddie Mercury of Queen fame in Barcelona, singing the famous song of the same name, is included above. The performance was to celebrate the fact that Barcelona was chosen for the upcoming Olympics of 1992.
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