Fashion hit the prison walls?! Legendary designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have officially each been sentenced to a year and eight months behind bars after being found guilty of tax evasion!
Dolce and Gabbana were first accused of evading Italy taxes back in 2004, which they’ve strongly denied. The fashion label’s sale of its signature and D&G lines to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado Srl raised a red flag. The designers’ lawyer, Massimo Dinoia, called for the pair to be acquitted of the charges – while prosecutor Gaetano Ruta believed that Dolce, Gabbana and company board member Cristiana Ruella should be sent to prison for two-and-a-half years. He added that their accountant, Luciano Patelli, should be incarcerated for three years.
It’s been rumored that Dolce and Gabbana will fight to appeal the decision.
Keeping a close eye on this case…definitely a tough hit to the fashion industry!
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