Spurs Boss Harry Redknapp was charged with two counts of UK tax evasion, or "cheating the public revenue", yesterday at Bishopsgate police station.
The Crown Prosecution Service Revenue and Customs Division decided there was sufficient evidence and it was in the public interest to pursue a case against Mr. Redknapp. He is jointly charged with former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric following an investigation by the City of London Police and HM Revenue & Customs.
The charges concern two payments, totalling USD$295,000, from Mr. Mandaric to Mr. Redknapp via a bank account in Monaco, evading the payment of a reported £40,000 in UK tax and national insurance contributions due between 1 April 2002 and 28 November 2007. The payments were in relation to Mr. Redknapp's employment at Portsmouth.
He will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 11 February.
Cheating the public revenue is a common law offence. There is no maximum sentence. If Mr. Redknapp is convicted, his sentence will be determined by the presiding judge, rather than statute. Technically the judge could impose an unlimited fine and/or prison sentence.
Ian Burton, Mr. Redknapp's solicitor, said: "Harry has co-operated fully with investigators during the course of this inquiry and is confident of a successful outcome to these court proceedings."
And BBC News quotes a spokesman for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as saying: "His position as manager remains unaffected. It is a private matter."
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