Footballer fraud makes headlines: again

footballer fraud

9th February 2018

A Premier League star and his wife are facing tax evasion allegations in the UK in yet another case of footballer fraud. This time it is Brighton and Hove Albion striker, Glenn Murray, in the firing line.

Husband and wife arrested

In reports released at the end of January it was revealed that the footballer and his wife had been arrested following a raid on their £2 million Sussex home. Officers seized computers and documents as part of investigations into a possible case of tax fraud amounting to £1.1 million.

Both face accusations of evading income tax and cheating the public revenue, with Glenn facing further allegations of evading VAT. While the husband and wife have both been released, investigations are on-going.

Footballer fraud a global concern

Regular readers of our blog will know that this is just one of many global reports of footballers caught up in tax evasion schemes. Well-known stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Lionel Messi have also been named and shamed for their involvement in suspected fraud.

With the financial dealings of high profile footballers now in the spotlight, we can certainly expect to see further inquests launched and it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of this issue.

Just don’t do it!

For recruiters placing contractors across borders, these examples should certainly provide an indication of the worldwide commitment to preventing tax evasion. Authorities across the globe are seeking to recover lost funds and prevent fraudulent behaviour, and no one is above the law.

Working with contractors on a global scale is certainly rewarding, but it isn’t without its risks. Employment tax and legislation across borders is complex, but with fines and a possible jail term at stake, getting it wrong – whether by accident or deliberately – could prove hugely damaging.

By partnering with 6CATS International you can rest assured that you have a leading team behind you with experience in global contractor management solutions. Get in touch today.


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