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Former First-Round pick Mika Noronen facing charges on tax fraud


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Tom Banks
April 5, 2024  (4:46 PM)
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Former first-round draft pick Mika Noronen.
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Life after the NHL can be great for some and not so great for others, and while looking to make a life for himself, Mika Noronen may be facing major consequences.

According to a report from Ilta-Sanomat from his home country of Finland, Mika Noronen, a former first-round draft pick in the NHL is now facing the very serious charge of aggregated tax fraud.
"According to the Penal Code, you can be guilty of aggravated tax fraud if you give misleading information for taxation purposes. In addition to that, the aggravated form of the act requires that the crime has been aimed at a large financial gain or that it is done in a particularly planned manner.

The 44-year old, who played 20 years of professional hockey in Europe and the United States got into real estate after the conclusion of his career, with the charges against him reportedly dating all the way back to 2020. Unsurprisingly, he didn't want to offer any comment on the report, the report that reveals if he is guilty, he may serve anywhere up to four years in prison.
"Satakunta's Kansa Länsi-Suomi magazine reported earlier in February that Noronen brokers luxury apartments for the wealthy in the United Arab Emirates. Noronen has not moved his life entirely abroad, but his second home is still in Tampere."

Noronen would end up playing 71 games in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks, but unfortunately he was pushed out by some much more talented names, and it would lead him back to his home country of Finland. It's unclear at this stage when legal proceedings may occur with the situation, but for now it doesn't look good for Noronen, who could be in prison from anywhere between four months to four years.
Source: Hockey OTB
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