Tax fraud

Barcelona and Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud

Lionel Messi. Photo: EPA

A Spanish prosecutor filed a fraud complaint yesterday against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star owes €4 million (HK$41.2 million) in back taxes.The complaint was lodged by Raquel Amado, a state prosecutor for Catalonia.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 6:02am

New York art dealer linked to fakes charged with tax fraud

US federal prosecutors have charged a New York art dealer with tax fraud in connection with the sale of paintings she claimed to be the works of celebrated artists, but some of which the government said were fakes.

23 May 2013 - 5:23am

EU leaders face tough talks at tax-fraud summit

Luxembourg's PM Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at an EU leaders summit in Brussels on Wednesday. Austria and Luxembourg are both reluctant to share information on bank accounts for fear of undermining their financial services sectors. Photo: Reuters

EU leaders tackle tax fraud said to cost a trillion euros a year at a summit on Wednesday in the hope that tightening up the rules will help restore faith in European integration and raise revenue.

But Austria and Luxembourg are both reluctant to sign up and share information on bank accounts automatically for fear of undermining their important financial services sectors.

22 May 2013 - 6:06pm

Talking points

Li Keqiang departs India for Pakistan

Li Keqiang continues his first international tour as premier, arriving in Islamabad for discussions with the new leaders of Beijing's traditional South Asian ally, Pakistan.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

French ministers face first-ever assets declaration

(From left to right) Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Photos: EPA and AFP

French ministers will for the first time on Monday disclose their personal wealth in a move President Francois Hollande hopes will restore confidence in his scandal-hit Socialist government.

15 Apr 2013 - 8:53pm

Group finds offshore money of Malaysian politicians

Aziz Yusof, chairman of Malaysia's Election Commission. Photo: Xinhua

Malaysian politicians and their relatives have parked their wealth in offshore companies, while some of Indonesia's richest families have shifted money to these offshore havens, according to the latest findings of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

11 Apr 2013 - 5:07am

British Virgin Islands slam company leaks as 'illicit'

French President Francois Hollande called on Wednesday for a European crusade against tax havens. Photo: EPA

The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) called the investigation by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) into BVI’s financial services industry “illicit”. 

11 Apr 2013 - 10:28am 6 comments

French ministers ordered to publish assets within days amid tax fraud scandal

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo: Reuters

France's Socialist government said it had ordered ministers to declare their assets publicly within days, as it seeks to limit the damage from a tax fraud scandal involving a former minister.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:35am