Financial crimes: prosecutors seek four years in prison for former Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sánchez Vicario | Spain
Barcelona prosecutors seek a four-year prison sentence for former tennis star Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, and a similar sentence for her ex-husband Josep Santacana, for allegations of fraudulent transfer of assets to avoid paying a debt important.
The former champion of Roland-Garros, working “under the instructions” of her husband, would have moved his assets to avoid paying a debt to the Bank of Luxembourg, which since 2010 claimed an amount amounting to millions of euros. After years without success. demanding payment, the bank took the case to court.
Prosecutors also demanded that Sánchez Vicario and Santacana pay the lender 6.1 million euros in compensation.
Santacana, a businessman, is accused of “concocting a plan” involving four financial transactions to avoid paying the bank, which had paid the money to cover a fine against Sánchez Vicario in a previous tax fraud case.
The couple are said to have emptied their bank accounts, got rid of the money they received from lawsuits, accused under the table of interviews he gave to the press and parted ways with their real estate, including one apartment on Avenida Diagonal in Barcelona and a house. in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, on the Costa Brava.
The prosecution emphasizes that Sánchez Vicario has always “followed her husband’s instructions”. Several people who acted as frontmen have also been accused of cooperating with the asset transfer program.
Sánchez Vicario’s financial troubles began years ago, starting with the money she owed the tax authorities. In 2009, the Supreme Court ordered her to pay a fine of 5.2 million euros for tax evasion, which was collected by the state after Sabadell Bank backed her. This lender in turn recovered his money through a guarantee agreement with the Banque de Luxembourg. For years, part of the tennis champion’s fortune had been kept in this bank, which honored the guarantee agreement and began asking for regular repayments. Payments were never made and the debt swelled to 7.5 million euros in 2018, according to the daily. La Vanguardia.
The bank took legal action against Sánchez Vicario and Santacana – at the time the couple were already parting ways – accusing them of fraudulent transfer of assets. Spanish justice ruled in favor of the civil bank, fixing the couple’s debt at 7.5 million euros. But the money was not paid and the bank went to criminal courts.
In 2012, the Spanish tennis prodigy who won Roland Garros for the first time at the age of 17 and won 14 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic medals published a memoir in which she revealed herself suffer from manipulative parents who controlled every aspect of her. life.
His career income is around 17 million euros.
english version by Susana Urra.