Flusha Convicted of Tax Evasion Worth $100,000 in Prizes
Fnatic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Robin “flusha” Rönnquist has supposedly been convicted of tax evasion dating back to 2015, stopping working to report more than $100,000 in prize money as income. Flusha declared the failure to report was a mistake on his part and has actually handled to avoid jail time.
Flusha will repay the missing tax plus a 40% additional charge, totaling around 200,000 kronor (around $23,300), per Swedish outlet Fragbite. He will need to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of a four-month imprisonment and pay 800 kronor ($100) to the Swedish Criminal Activity Victims Fund. He will be able to complete as he serves his community service sentence.
Per Swedish law, cash prize from esports occasions need to be declared as income and undergo income tax. Prosecutors on the case charged Flusha opted not to report the earnings understanding he would have to pay taxes on it. Flusha denied that claim, stating he had no malicious intent in failing to report.
Flusha stopped working to report 1.04 million Swedish kronor, or approximately $120,000, in 2015. That year was one of the most productive in Flusha’s CS: GO profession, as he won ESL One Katowice 2015, ESL One Perfume 2015, DreamHack Open Tours, DreamHack Open Summertime, the ESL Pro League Season 1 and 2 Finals, and the FACEIT 2015 Phase 3 Finals. Fnatic’s overall jackpots totaled around $1 million that year.
Flusha and Fnatic will continue to compete in Flashpoint Season 2, their next match scheduled for Friday versus MAD Lions.