Charvet and Rives were heard in police custody in the tax evasion case which also concerns Laporte

The two former players of the XV of France were taken into custody and released on Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre Rives, former captain of the XV of France, and former international Denis Charvet were also placed in police custody before being released on Tuesday in a tax evasion case in which Bernard Laporte appears, said Wednesday the financial prosecutor’s office (PNF) to AFP, confirming Rugbyrama.

All three have been released at this stage and the preliminary investigation is continuing, the prosecution said. The investigations into suspicions of laundering aggravated tax evasion, launched in August 2020, were entrusted by the PNF to the Financial Judicial Investigation Service (SEJF).

According to franceinfo and L’Equipe, the investigation is looking into the origin of a flow of money from 2010 estimated at several million euros reported by Bercy’s anti-money laundering service, Tracfin. The money would have, according to these media, landed on the account of CLR Holding, of which Mr. Laporte is president and MM. Rives and Charvet managing directors. Still according to the press, the investigators are wondering if a loan from a close friend of Mr. Rives, not subject to tax, could have hidden a donation which would have escaped tax.

Donation to a former rugby player

In a press release sent to AFP, the council of Bernard Laporte Thierry Nesa indicated on Tuesday “that it would be a donation granted more than 12 years ago to a former rugby player friend and associate of Bernard Laporte, a donation which would not have been regularly declared to the tax authorities“. Asked about these elements concerning the substance of the file, the PNF did not wish to comment.

These police custody intervene in full referendum organized by the French Rugby Federation with the clubs, invited to approve, or not, Bernard Laporte’s proposal to appoint Patrick Buisson as delegate president of the Federation. Some 1,500 amateur clubs are called upon to validate the candidacy of Mr. Buisson, until then vice-president in charge of amateur rugby. They have until noon Thursday to vote.

Jean-Pierre Rives, nicknamed “golden helmet“, is a third line who played in Toulouse, a legend of French rugby in the 70s and 80s. He was part of the French XV who won the Grand Slam in 1977 and 1981. Denis Charvet won the Grand Slam in 1987 with the team de France and was a World Cup finalist the same year.

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