Dolce and Gabbana are found guilty of tax evasion
Sentenced to one year and six months of jail time
Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana and their accountant Luciano Patellito were sentenced to one year and six months of jail time yesterday in Italy. However, not one of them will have to serve time in custody – as the sentences handed down are below the two-year minimum sentence requiring actual jail time in the country.
In 2008, the two designers were charged with tax evasion relating to the 2004 sale of their brands Dolce & Gabbana and diffusion label D&G to the designers' Luxembourg-based holding company Gado Srl – authorities called the sale a move to avoid paying higher corporate taxes in Italy – and they were charges that later led to rumours of a simple acquittal earlier this year.
Dolce and Gabbana have consistently denied the charges and their lawyers have said they would appeal this decision to Italy's highest court.