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?? ;-)

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