The former striker, originally from Norway, was sentenced after unintentionally failing to disclose his income at the Oslo District Court. Mr Carew has been jailed for a year and two months and slammed with a fine of £45,353 for tax fraud equating to £456,264 in his home country, the Daily Mail reports. The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges brought by the Norwegian tax authority but denied committing fraud on purpose.
Mr Carew told the court: “I realise that I should have understood better, but I didn’t. The most important thing for me to say is that I have done nothing on purpose.”
The court ruled that Carew did not act intentionally in committing the crime but should be sentenced “for grossly negligent tax evasion for the entire prosecution period”.
Carew’s lawyer Berit Reiss-Andersen said in a statement: “This shows that John Carew is believed on all counts.
“The court has concluded that he has acted grossly negligently, but not with intent.
“We have claimed this all along, and Carew has been clear that he has wanted to make amends.”
John Carew spent four years at Aston Villa before moving to West Ham for a year and half a season at Stoke.
He also represented Norway 91 times, scoring 24 times, and was awarded Norweigan football of the year three times.
Following his sports career, he turned his attention to acting.
He joined Ane Dahl Torp to star in football-themed drama Heimebane, and went on to feature in a number of movies.
In 2014, Carew starred in his first feature film, a Canadian horror called Dead of Winter. His second film, a Norwegian-made thriller called Høvdinger, was released on July 17, 2015.
In 2018, Carew starred in the successful Norwegian TV series, Heimebane, playing as Michael Ellingsen, an ageing star footballer for a local Norwegian club.
And a year later, Carew played the role of Jungle Warrior in Disney’s dark fantasy adventure film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil alongside Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Chiwetel Ejiofor.