Tsk, tsk, forget to pay your taxes and risk time in the slammer. Just ask the designing duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana! The two were just sentenced to serve one year and eight months in jail for tax evasion.
The ruling is a result of a business transaction in 2004 where the brand sold its signature and D&G lines to a Luxembourg-based holding company Gado Srl. According to Vogue UK, the problem with the sale is that Italian authorities think it was done to avoid paying Italy’s taxes—an accusation Dolce and Gabbana have both denied.
It took the jury three hours to reach a verdict and the duo is expected to appeal the ruling. The prosecution is calling for not just D&G’s incarnation but also their company’s board member Cristiana Ruella for two years and their accountant for three.
The men aren’t the only two celebrities to be convicted of tax evasion. Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes and Joe Francis have also been found guilty of not paying their taxes.
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