Dolce and Gabbana convicted of tax evasion

Dolce and Gabbana convicted of tax evasion

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana found guilty in Milan court of failing to declare €1bn in income.

The fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been convicted of tax evasion after being found guilty of failing to declare €1bn (£850m) in income.

A court in Milan sentenced them both to one year and eight months in jail.

Prosecutors argued that the pair had evaded taxes on income of €416m each and €200m through a Luxembourg-based company. The statute of limitations ran out on a charge of misrepresenting income.

The designers have denied the charges.

Two years ago a judge threw out a tax evasion and fraud case against the pair, whose label, Dolce & Gabbana, is a pillar of the Milan fashion industry. Italy’s high court later ruled the designers could be prosecuted for tax evasion, though not for fraud.

 

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