Spanish singer goes to jail for money laundering

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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 4:12 AM
Spanish singer goes to jail for money laundering

MADRID (AP) — Popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja has begun serving a two-year sentence for money laundering after her court appeals were rejected.

Pantoja, 58, entered the Alcala de Guadaira jail in the southern province of Seville early Friday.

The singer, who was also fined 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) following the 2012 trial, was found guilty of laundering money for Julian Munoz, a former boyfriend and one-time mayor of the resort city of Marbella.

Pantoja is a fixture in Spain's gossip magazines and TV shows. She was married to the famous bullfighter Francisco "Paquirri" Rivera, who died in the bullring in 1984.

Munoz, who was sentenced to seven years, ran a scheme of providing building permits in Marbella in return for bribes.