Dolce & Gabbana tax conviction

A court in Milan has convicted fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion.

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Judge rules fashion duo avoided taxes on 1bn euros

The case against fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana - who have been found guilty of tax evasion - dates back to an investigation that began in 2008.

A judge ruled that the pair sold their brand to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado in 2004 to avoid declaring taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros.

The designers are one of the few high-profile cases to have come to trial so far since Italian authorities launched a tax avoidance crackdown.

Dolce and Gabbana receive tax evasion prison sentence

An Italian court has sentenced fashion designer Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the tax authorities.

The designers were not present and have denied the charges.

Given the complexity and length of the appeals process, they are unlikely to spend any time in jail, according to Reuters.

A company spokesman could not be reached for immediate comment.

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