Dolce & Gabbana convicted of tax evasion

2013-06-20 11:05
Milan - A Milan court on Wednesday convicted the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion.

They were found guilty of failing to declare €200m (R2.7bn) through a Luxembourg company to authorities and given a one year and eight months suspended jail sentence. They were ordered to pay a penalty of €500 000 (about R68.7m) to tax authorities.

The court, however, acquitted them of misrepresenting income of €416m (around R57m) each, even though the statute of limitations had expired on the charge.

The designers have denied the charges.

Defence lawyer Massimo Dinoia pledged to appeal the ruling, saying the fact the court issued an acquittal on a charge that had expired, instead of just letting it fall to the statute of limitations, "means the proof of their innocence is evident."

Two years ago, a judge threw out a tax evasion and fraud case against the pair, whose label Dolce&Gabbana is a Milan fashion mainstay. Italy's high court later ruled the designers could be prosecuted for tax evasion, though not for fraud.

Three other defendants, including two managers, were also convicted in the scheme and given suspended sentences of one year and four months. A sixth defendant was acquitted.

Comments

  • Norbert Fuhr - 2013-06-20 13:13

    Whoever writes these articles should certainly go back to school: Euro 500,000 is equal to ZAR 6,758 Million and not ZAR 67,5 Million. Further, Euro 416 Million is not (around ZAR 57 Million) but more likely to be ZAR 5,62 Billion.

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-06-21 13:45

      Let's not talk about the Math; the worst is they can't even use a calculator.

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