Actor’s wife faces two-and-a-half-years in jail over alleged tax fraud

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Spanish investigators for years have attempted to implicate the couple in a huge corruption scandal in Marbella — where they once spent long, glorious summers in one of their villas.

Sir Sean Connery‘s wife, Micheline,  has been slammed with a fresh lawsuit which could see her thrown behind bars for two and a half years and pay a whopping fine of £16 million over an alleged tax fraud.

According to UK’s Daily Mail, Spanish investigators for years have attempted to implicate the couple in a huge corruption scandal in Marbella — where they once spent long, glorious summers in one of their villas.

Apparently, in 1975, the Connery’s bought over a pretty villa at Marbella –  a dead resort, which they’ve contributed enormously in renovating over the years to look like what it is now.

But matters came to a head recently when Lady Connery, 84, was charged with involvement in tax fraud. If convicted, she could face a fine of more than £16 million, plus two-and-a-half years in jail, a sentence which would wrench the Connerys, whose inter-dependence is said to have grown in their twilight years, apart.

This spat is over a fashion tycoon’s plans to expand his estate, close to the Connerys’ home near the resort. But the Connerys  joined a local protest group claiming the development would desecrate the bay their villa overlooks.

Daily Mail reports that the villains of this particular scandal include a Mafioso mayor, corrupt cronies who lavished people who did them favours with thoroughbred horses, luxury cars and fine art, and a terrifying array of ruthless gangs.

The 85-year-old ex ‘James Bond’ actor and 84-year-old wife have reportedly spent countless hours consulting lawyers over claims that they were involved in an alleged plot to defraud the Spanish treasury of almost  £5.5 million.

While the story behind the great Costa property scam could have been scripted by Ian Fleming, this is not the reason Spanish prosecutors codenamed the investigation Goldfinger. They named it after the 1964 Bond film because, until last year, when Sir Connery was finally cleared, they were intent on proving that he was somehow involved

 

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