Dolce & Gabbana Found Guilty of Tax Evasion, Sentenced to Jail Time

06/19/2013 at 11:18 AM ET

Dolce & Gabbana guiltyJennifer Graylock/FilmMagic

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.

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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.

Tell us: What do you think of the ruling?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Designers , Fashion

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Mary on

How pathetic! Pay your taxes you rich snobs like the rest of us

Journey on

Always amazes me when the rich feel above the law and will do whatever to avoid paying taxes. Talk about greed! Shame on them and they deserve to spend time in jail.

sam on

I know it is not supposed to be funny.. but that last sentence seriously made me laugh out loud.

mrmonkee on

Everything will be fine if they get put in the same jail cell. Be just like home to them.

Guest on

Wonder if their “hollywood” friends will bail them out? LOL

Juli on

Pathetic losers!!!

tina on

i guess that is how the rich keeps getting rich…..skeet bags gotta skeet!!!

Kris on

I love it! Overpriced designer that likely uses sweat shops to make their clothes, yet don’t want to pay their taxes. European countries do not mess around with tax cheats, nor should they. But the prison they go to will likely not be a big deal and more of a country club from what I’ve heard. Kudos to the judge that saw through everything and did this.

Danielle on

We the poor people have to pay taxes , so why not the richs of the World….? so pay the Piper like everybody else.or go to jail.

Jennifer on

Was it one of those “taxes are for the little people” situations again?? ;-)

JPJ on

This is crazy. Yes they should have paid their taxes like everyone else, but that is a HUGE fine and jail time? Some people who committ murders and rape get less than this.

Carrow on

LMAO @ “we wonder if we can expect plenty of stripes from their spring collection this September”.

amy on

I don’t understand why anyone goes to jail for tax evasion. If you’re in jail, you can’t work. How does the government expect to get paid?

Megan on

I had to pay my taxes, so should they!!

BBB on

@JPJ, they evaded $1.33 BILLION euros in taxes (~$1.78 billion dollars). Their fine is $440 million, not so crazy when you compare it to what they evaded. And 20 months in jail is not more time than people who commit murder and rape, come on, get real.

BBB on

**Correction, they evaded 1 billion euros (~1.33 billion dollars) in taxes.

Valerie on

I don’t know whether they are guilty or innocent, but I know that Italy is tough when it comes to tax evasion. I learned that when they sent Sophia Loren to prison.

Dehlia on

Serves them right; you must pay the price when you get the income and somehow these two missed that memo. Be responsible, call your accountant and get it together. I see no sympathy here, and the excuse for not paying the money, asinine.

Regal on

No sympathy here…

lola on

I guess bright orange jumpsuits are the new black

honey on

Good I retired early and got my pension they wanted dang near all my money back in taxes , smh

candiecane on

Dolce and Gabbana’s new fall clothing line – Bars and Stripes.

Alma on

So glad I can’t afford their product! I wouldn’t want to be one of the people who’s helping them be rich while their not even paying their taxas…

Edie on

Well if you all keep putting people like Obama into office, you’ll keep paying higher and higher taxes…and for WHAT? His million dollar vacations, that’s WHAT!!!

marilyn on

obama has earned that vacation. Try being the pres. for 1 day.

kim on

oopsies

sarahGrier on

You guys really dont know whats behind the fashion designers industry…. It is all make believe!! A lot of fashion houses now are at the brink of extinction. Yes, they are expensive but they also pay very high expenses!! And in Europe, nothing is free and cheap! And did I mention that Europe is in crisis??

ProudAmericanWoman on

Italy has a lot of corruption. It could be possible they aren’t guilty. They do not have a very reliable justice system there. I wouldn’t throw stones about this without knowing all the facts. And even if they are guilty, when socialism penalizes you for success to the point that your business can barely break even because of outrageous tax rates, cheating becomes common. It will happen here if things don’t change.

marilyn on

true. Amanda Knox comes to mind.

Dee Bee on

I enjoy their colognes. It bothers me to see people so rich and yet try to beat taxes. Yet I was hoping the justice system would start using jail alternatives to punishments for crimes. I think there are other solutions in lieu of jail for many. It is not the most effective or humane system for treating or preventing crimes. Seems govt is always out to humiliate. Make them pay the taxes and fine them two years profits to go to the hungry or clean water solutions.

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