Football magnate’s tobacco hoax up in smoke

LAST UPDATED: 25 Nov, 2010 @ 13:32
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Football magnate’s tobacco hoax up in smoke

AN ex-president of La Liga’s football club Malaga has been sentenced to jail for illegal tobacco trading.

Fernando Puche has been given three years in prison and ordered to pay 33 million euros.

Among nine others, Puche was proven guilty of siphoning off millions of euros in 1996-1999 via fake corner shops and fiscal accounts.

The non-existent network of shops throughout Spain served to hide the real destination of the cigarettes, which were sold on the black market.
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Puche was originally detained in 1999 but was released on that occasion.

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