CARLOS Fabra, the former chief of Castellón province who became famous for building a deserted airport featuring a large statue in his honour, has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud.
The anticorruption public prosecutor had requested an eight-year jail sentence for the Popular Party politician on four counts against him related to his not declaring income of almost two million euros to the tax office between 1999 and 2004 – a fraud worth almost 700,000 euros.
However, the Castellón provincial court absolved him of two other charges of influence peddling and bribery. In total, the prosecution had hoped for accumulated sentences of 13 years against him
Fabra’s ex-wife was also sentenced to two years in prison on two other tax fraud charges.
Despite the four-year sentence, Fabra said he was very happy with the ruling because it did not find him guilty of bribery or influence peddling. In his view, this implied his actions had not involved any ‘corruption’