Dolce & Gabbana Get Suspended Jail Term For Tax Evasion
Italian court upholds conviction for billion-euro fraud and sentences duo to 18 months...
Fashion moguls Dolce & Gabbana have been handed 18-month suspended jail terms over a long-running tax evasion case.
Designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were given the sentence by an Italian court, after their earlier conviction for dodging a billion euros in tax was upheld.
The conviction relates to the 2004 sale of their Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to a Luxembourg-based holding company - and accountant Luciano Patellito was given the same sentence.
However they are unlikely to be swapping their usual designer clobber for suits with arrows on - and have already indicated that they intend to appeal.
Their lawyer told Women's Wear Daily: "I am speechless and astounded, this sentence is inexplicable. After all, the general prosecutor already realized there was really nothing. We will surely present our appeal to the Corte di Cassazione. This is an unfair verdict and we are sure the Cassazione will reform it."
The ruling was itself the result of an appeal from a case that concluded last June.
Dolce & Gabbana made critical comments about Victoria Beckham last month.