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Ex-West Ham and Aston Villa striker John Carew faces jail over tax evasion on £27million fortune

EX-West Ham and Aston Villa striker John Carew faces jail over tax evasion on a £27million fortune.

The 6ft 5in Norwegian — now an actor — is expected to appear in court in his homeland in the late summer.

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Ex-West Ham and Aston Villa striker John Carew faces jail over tax evasion on a £27 million fortuneCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Carew, 42, is charged with avoiding paying 5.4million krona (about £500,000) between 2014 and 2019.

He is also accused of failing to declare an income of about £1million in the same period, and of hiding £27million.

In 2020 he listed his income as £725,000 with a tax liability of £210,000 and £6.3million savings.

Carew was declared bankrupt by the High Court in England in 2012, and left football ten years ago to work in film and TV.

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He said he had not understood tax law, adding: “I received advice that turned out wrong.”

Lawyer Berit Reiss-Andersen added: “He mistakenly believed he was a tax resident in the UK.

“He wants to make up for it.”

Oslo attorney general Marianne Bender said: “This is a serious case because it involves tax evasion over many years of a significant amount of money.”

The maximum penalty for gross tax evasion is six years in jail.

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