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Former Aston Villa star and friend of Prince William John Carew JAILED for 14 months after pleading guilty to fraud charges

Former Aston Villa striker John Carew, who befriended Prince William, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.

The 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

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Former Premier League striker John Carew has been sentenced to 14 months in prisonCredit: Pennsylvania: Empics Sport
Prince William celebrates with John Carew Aston Villa's return to the Premier League at Wembley

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Prince William celebrates with John Carew Aston Villa’s return to the Premier League at WembleyCredit: Richard Pelham/News Group Newspapers Ltd

The former Norway international has also been fined £45,000 by the Oslo district court.

Norwegian outlet E24 says Carew was charged with tax fraud totaling just over £4.5m.

Prosecutors argued that the former Premier League ace knowingly avoided paying tax.

But the court ruled that Carew did not act intentionally in committing the crime.

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Instead, it was ruled that he acted with gross negligence.

The former Prem ace has previously been pictured with Wills, an avid Villa fan, with the pair watching the Championship play-off final together in 2019.

They were pictured embracing in the box as they celebrated scoring the opening goal of Villa’s 2-1 win over Derby that clinched promotion to the Premier League.

The future king met Carew on a visit to Norway, with the footballer telling Soccer AM: “We decided to go and support our team before the end of the season. He invited me to join and it was a great honour.”

Oslo District Court Judge Ingvild Boe Hornburg said in her ruling today: “Based on the evidence presented, the court cannot see that there is a cover for Carew’s decision not to disclose his income and assets, even if the description of the crime was thus fulfilled”. .”

Hornburg added: “In the opinion of the court, there is nothing in the evidence to support such a hypothesis.”

Prosecutors reportedly wanted Carew jailed for two years, while his defendants sought punishment from the community.

The former Villa, Stoke and West Ham man has been sentenced to just over a year behind bars.

It is claimed that neither party has decided whether or not to appeal the sentence.

But the defense sees the ruling as a victory.

Carew’s lawyer, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said in a statement: “This shows that John Carew is believed on all counts.

“The court concluded that he acted with gross negligence, but not with intent.

“We have claimed this all along, and Carew has made it clear that he wanted to make amends.”

Meanwhile, First State Attorney Marianne Bender said: “This is a serious matter because it deals with tax evasion over many years of a significant amount.

“Økokrim (prosecutors) will now read the sentence carefully to assess whether there are grounds to appeal the sentence.”

Carew’s defense argued that his actions were the result of bad advice from his friend, attorney, and former agent Per A. Flod.

The former Prem star said Flod’s advice led him not to disclose income and assets outside of his home country.

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In addition to the stages in the Prem, Carew also paid for teams such as Valencia, Rome, Lyon and Besiktas.

He was capped 91 times for Norway and won the country’s player of the year award three times.

Wills and Carew struck up a friendship over their shared love for Aston Villa

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Wills and Carew struck up a friendship over their shared love for Aston VillaCredit: Reuters
The unlikely couple was also pictured together at a Championship game between Villa and Cardiff in April 2018.

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The unlikely couple was also pictured together at a Championship game between Villa and Cardiff in April 2018.Credit: PA: Press Association
Carew scored 48 goals in 131 appearances for Villa

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Carew scored 48 goals in 131 appearances for VillaCredit: AFP
Carew capped 91 times for Norway and was part of the Euro 2000 squad

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Carew capped 91 times for Norway and was part of the Euro 2000 squadCredit: Getty Images-Getty
Carew also played for Stoke

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Carew also played for StokeCredit: Pennsylvania: Empics Sport
Carew moved to West Ham in 2011

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Carew moved to West Ham in 2011Credit: PA: Press Association

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