THE Court of Tax Appeals has sentenced popular singer Claire dela Fuente -- Clarita Crisostomo dela Fuente-de Guzman in real life -- to a maximum prison term of seven years for seven counts of tax evasion.
In a decision, CTA Associate Justice Ma. Belen M. Ringpis-Liban said dela Fuente failed to file the income tax returns of her bus firm Philippine Corinthian Liner Corporation (PCLC) for seven years.
"...for each of the consolidated criminal cases, she is hereby SENTENCED to suffer the straight penalty of imprisonment of one (1) year," the decision read in part.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) alleging that she failed to file the returns from 1998 to 2004.
Dela Fuente denied the BIR's accusations, saying she started operating the bus firm only in 2005.
Dela Fuente was popular in the 70s for her nostalgic songs during the jukebox era.