- Crime and punishment May 2
A Milan tax court ruled in favor of Italy's tax authority, Agenzia delle Entrate, and found Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana guilty of tax evasion. The pair appealed the decision a lower court reached last year, but the higher court didn't rule in their favor, either.
Dolce and Gabbana had been suspected of tax evasion for nearly 10 years and were charged with using a Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado, to avoid paying taxes on royalties of $1.38 billion, reports Reuters.
Both the designers, as well as their accountant Luciano Patelli, were sentenced to 18 months of jail time — the sentence was reduced from 20 months thanks to the statute of limitations on facts in the case. But luckily for them, Italy has a minimum two-year sentencing for jail time, so Dolce and Gabbana will likely serve their sentence through house arrest and community service rather than in jail cells.
The designers' lawyer says they plan to appeal the case again, though at this point it seems wiser for them to quit while they're behind.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 is the perfect way to make millennials hate politics even more
- The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal
- This judge is the reason we're still fighting over net neutrality
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- 10 things you need to know today: November 28, 2014
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- How to adopt the perfect rescue dog
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Why the poor can't catch a break on Thanksgiving
Subscribe to the Week