Dolce and Gabbana get 18 months in jail for tax evasion

Dolce and Gabbana get 18 months in jail for tax evasion

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Italian designers Stefano Gabbana (L) and Domenico Dolce acknowledge the audience at the end of the show for fashion house Dolce & Gabbana as part of Autumn/Winter 2014 Milan Collections during the Men's fashion week on January 11, 2014 in Milan.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

A Milan appeals court has upheld a tax fraud conviction against designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, despite the prosecutor’s request to drop the case.

However, the court did shave two months off the original suspended sentence, to a year and six months.

Defense layer Massimo Dinoia was critical of the court’s decision to ignore the request to dismiss and pledged to appeal to Italy’s highest court.

The designers, mainstays of Milan fashion, were convicted of failing to declare 200 million euros ($268 million) through a Luxembourg company. The prosecutor, in calling for dismissal, called the company “a legal operation.”

Dolce and Gabbana have denied tax evasion — and even shut down their Milan stores for three days last summer “in indignation” over a city official’s remarks about their conviction.

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