Dolce & Gabbana Found Guilty of Tax Evasion, Sentenced to Jail Time
The fashion police have finally put someone behind bars.
After more than seven months on trial for tax evasion, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (the design duo behind the celeb-loved line that carries their names) were convicted and sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in jail, according to WWD.
The designers had already been hit with a $440 million fine by Italy’s Tax Commission as punishment for their crimes, which stemmed from a 2008 investigation into the 2004 sale of Dolce & Gabbana to a Luxembourg-based company. Italian officials believed they were using it as a holding company, designed to keep the designers from paying Italy’s high corporate tax rates.
Although the case had been dismissed once (in 2011), and though their lawyer had requested a full acquittal in the current trial, Italian judge Antonella Brambilla saw enough merit in the case to put the designers behind bars.
The duo plans to appeal, but in the meantime, we wonder if we can expect plenty of stripes from their spring collection this September.
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