Gay Designers Dolce & Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion
Designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana may have to continue their runway legacy under arrest.
The on-and-off gay couple behind the fashion powerhouse was sentenced to 20 months in prison for tax evasion in Italy, according to the Wall Street Journal.
An Italian court handed down the sentence on June 19, concluding a long investigation into the financial affairs of the designers that started back in 2004, when two of the company’s main brands were sold to a Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl.
Dolce and Gabbana reportedly undervalued their company in order to avoid paying more taxes. The court found them guilty of bypassing about $1.3 billion.
The Journal writes that the couple probably won’t be facing jail time, as Italian law states that sentences of less than three years are served with house arrest or community service.
For their part, the designers will probably appeal the sentence, something which may delay imprisonment for years.