Tax fraud: Isabelle Adjani sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 250,000 euros

Tax fraud: Isabelle Adjani sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 250,000 euros

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Isabelle Adjani was sentenced to two years’ suspended imprisonment and a fine of 250,000 euros for tax fraud and money laundering, Thursday December 14, in Paris, in her absence. The five-César actress was found guilty of having fraudulently domiciled in Portugal in 2016 and 2017, of having passed off a donation of two million euros as a loan and of having passed 120,000 euros through an undeclared American account.

The court underlined the “seriousness of the facts” which led to the evasion of 236,000 euros in income tax and 1.2 million euros in transfer taxes. “These facts demonstrate the desire for concealment vis-à-vis the tax administration of Isabelle Adjani” and “seriously undermine the equality of citizens before taxes, therefore the republican pact,” declared the president, who added about Ms. Adjani: “An actress of undeniable talent, she is no less a taxpayer. »

The actress’ lawyers said they heard the decision “with dismay.” “If Isabelle Adjani, who has always affirmed her innocence, does not ask, given her notoriety, to be judged better than other litigants, there is no reason for her to be judged less favorably,” declared one of them, Mr. Olivier Pardo. “It is therefore with confidence and determination that we will invite him to immediately file an appeal,” he said.

The trial, which was held on October 19, took place without the actress and singer, known in particular for her roles in L’Été Murderer (1983), Camille Claudel (1988), La Reine Margot (1994) or more recently Masquerade (2022). While she was in the United States, her defense requested the postponement of the hearing, citing in particular an “acute pathology” , but the court rejected this request, claiming to doubt her “real intention” to come to bar.

The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) had requested eighteen months of suspended prison time and a fine of 250,000 euros, as well as two years of ineligibility.

The World with AFP

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