Estonian footie star done for Norway tax cheat

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 14 Jun, 2014 Updated Sat 14 Jun 2014 00:44 CEST
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The captain of the Estonian national football team on Friday got an eight-month suspended sentence in Norway for failing to pay nearly €100,000 ($135,000) in taxes.

Thirty-four-year-old Raio Piiroja, who is no longer a resident of Norway, pleaded guilty to the charges.
According to the prosecution, Piiroja hid wages earned while playing for the Norwegian football club Fredrikstad between 2004 and 2011 by paying the money to an Estonian company.
"If the law is violated, one must accept his punishment. Now, I accept my punishment and I am ready to close this chapter," said the central defender, cited by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
The prosecution had demanded a 10-month suspended sentence, while the defence called for a more lenient suspended sentence of between six and eight months.
All money owed to the Norwegian tax authorities has been fully repaid, according to the defence.



The Local 2014/06/14 00:44

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