Missing Chinese actress fined for tax fraud
Chinese mega star Fan Bingbing has been fined around 883 million yuan ($129m; ￡98.9m) for tax evasion and other offences, authorities said Wednesday.
The star, who disappeared in July, posted along apology on social media.
Criminal charge: 刑事控告
Ms Fan, who is one of China's highest paid actors, will escape criminal charges if the fines are paid on time, said state news agency Xinhua.
The actress had been linked to a government probe into how celebrities reported earnings in their contracts.
Yin-yang contract: 阴阳合同
Some film stars were alleged to have usedso-called "yin-yang contracts" —— a practice where one contract sets out an actor's real earnings, and another details a lower figure, with the latter submitted to the tax authorities.
一些电影明星被指称签订所谓的“阴阳合同” —— 一份合同签订演员真实的收入，另一份却写着更低的酬金，从而用后者向税务局缴纳税款。
Authorities have now ordered Ms Fan and the companies she controls to pay the huge sum in taxes, fines and penalties.
Open apology: 公开道歉
On Wednesday, the star posted an open apology to her tens of millions of fans on her Weibo account saying: "I've been suffering unprecedented pain recently…… I'm so ashamed of what I've done. Here, I sincerely apologise to everyone.
"I completely accept all the penalty decisions made according to law, after the investigation done by tax authorities. I will follow the order, try my best to overcome difficulties, raise fund, pay taxes and fines."