Former Aston Villa striker John Carew was jailed for tax fraud

Former Aston Villa striker John Carew has been sentenced to 14 months in prison in his native Norway after being found guilty of tax fraud.

The towering goalscorer spent four years with Villa between 2007 and 2011 before brief spells with Stoke City and West Ham ended his career 12 months later, leaving him with 38 goals in 123 Premier League appearances.

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Since retiring, Carew has spent very little time in Norway, with prosecutors calculating he was in his home country for just 230 days between 2014 and 2019, but the country’s financial laws mean that was long enough for him to have to pay tax.

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Accused of failing to pay over £450,000 in tax, local reports say Carew has been found guilty and hit with a 14-month prison sentence, along with a £45,000 fine.

The judge in the case ruled that Carew did not deliberately cheat the system but ruled that the former striker should have known the rules, saving him from a longer potential sentence.

Carew has long admitted the allegations but claimed he did not understand the rules, arguing he received bad tax advice from former financial adviser Per A. Flod.

“This shows that John Carew is believed on all counts,” read a statement from defense lawyer Berit Reiss-Andersen. “The court has found that he was grossly negligent, but not willful. We have maintained this all along, and Carew has been clear that he has wanted to make amends.”

Carew has the option of appealing the sentence.

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