Spanish star faces prison sentence

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Spanish star faces prison sentence

THE prosecutor has called for a three and a half year prison sentence for the Spanish diva Pantoja on charges of money laundering.

The star is accused of obtaining large sums of money during her relationship with the former Mayor of Marbella, Julián Muñoz.

Pantoja is also being charged with a 3.7m euro fine for her part in helping Muñoz to launder money he received in bribes throughout his term as Mayor.

Muñoz is currently facing seven and a half years in prison in the Malaya corruption case, while his ex-wife Maite Zaldívar is charged with three and a half years.

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s report analysed the economic movements of the trio, concluding that both women concealed illegally-acquired money and property.

It states that Pantoja laundered up to 1.8m euros by purchasing property.

The prosecutor noted that in 2002, before her relationship Muñoz, the singer paid in less than 5,000 € in cash to the bank, but between 2003 and 2006 that amount was 100 times higher.

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