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Dolce, Gabbana convicted of tax evasion; prison sentences suspended

June 19, 2013|By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
  • Fashion designers Stefano Gabbana, left, and Domenico Dolce.
Fashion designers Stefano Gabbana, left, and Domenico Dolce. (Luca Bruno / AFP/Getty Images )

A court in Milan, Italy, has found fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana guilty of tax evasion charges, along with five of their coworkers, Women's Wear Daily reports.

The trial began Dec. 3, following investigations that began in 2008.

The designers were found guilty of failing to declare $268 million of income to authorities that was generated through their Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl, according to the WWD report (subscription required).

In addition to sentences of one year and eight months in jail, which were suspended, the designers were ordered to pay a penalty of about $670,000 to tax authorities.

The designers, who are known for their sharp tailoring and sexy, lingerie-inspired looks, have denied the charges, and their defense lawyer Massimo Dinoia pledged to appeal the convictions.

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