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Five months ago, supermodel Nadja Auermann was brought up on charges that she failed to pay taxes to the German government on her income from 1999 to 2002. Her lawyer argues that Germany was not Auermann's primary country of residence in those years. Today, Auermann was back in Berlin court.
A key piece of the case is Auermann and her husband's 1998 purchase of a villa in Berlin. German newspaper the Hamburger Abendblatt reports (translated):
In the process Auermann had indicated that it was acquired in 1998 from her home in Köpenick primarily an "investment". She never wanted to move there. They claimed to have lived abroad until the summer of 2002, when she moved from Monaco to Germany to be with her family. The indictment is based largely on information provided by a tax inspector. The clerk had prepared a motion profile for Auermann on the basis of of phone bills or credit card statements. The defendant's lawyer indicated that his client was often with her mother in Berlin. Auermann's lawyer will submit evidence to demonstrate that between 1999 and 2002, the villa was a building site and not a habitable space.
· Steuerberaterin entlastet Ex-Model Auermann vor Gericht [Hamburger Abendblatt]
· Weitere Zeugen Im Steuerprozess Gegen Auermann Erwartet [Berlin Online]
· Supermodel Nadja Auermann faces €270K Tax Evasion Charges [Racked]