Pavarotti Could Be Jailed for Tax Evasion
Six months after appearing to settle a tax dispute, opera star Luciana Pavarotti has been ordered to stand trial for alleged tax evasion, according to London's Sunday Times.
In July, the opera singer agreed to pay £8m in back taxes after a meeting with Italy's finance minister, Ottaviano del Turco. But now a judge in Modena, Pavarotti's birthplace, has ordered the famous tenor to stand trial over tax charges.
Pavarotti argued last year that he was a resident of Monte Carlo - but prosecutors are arguing that he does not even know where his Monte Carlo property is. They also believe that the singer earns £35m a year.
Prosecutors now allege that Pavarotti is in fact a resident of Modena, where he has a vast estate. The singer could face up to three years in jail if found guilty.