Dolce & Gabbana Found Guilty of Tax Evasion, Sentenced to Jail Time

06/19/2013 at 11:18 AM ET

Dolce & Gabbana guiltyJennifer Graylock/FilmMagic

The fashion police have finally put someone behind bars.

After more than seven months on trial for tax evasion, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (the design duo behind the celeb-loved line that carries their names) were convicted and sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in jail, according to WWD.

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The designers had already been hit with a $440 million fine by Italy’s Tax Commission as punishment for their crimes, which stemmed from a 2008 investigation into the 2004 sale of Dolce & Gabbana to a Luxembourg-based company. Italian officials believed they were using it as a holding company, designed to keep the designers from paying Italy’s high corporate tax rates.

Although the case had been dismissed once (in 2011), and though their lawyer had requested a full acquittal in the current trial, Italian judge Antonella Brambilla saw enough merit in the case to put the designers behind bars.

The duo plans to appeal, but in the meantime, we wonder if we can expect plenty of stripes from their spring collection this September.

Tell us: What do you think of the ruling?

–Alex Apatoff

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JPJ on

This is crazy. Yes they should have paid their taxes like everyone else, but that is a HUGE fine and jail time? Some people who committ murders and rape get less than this.

Carrow on

LMAO @ “we wonder if we can expect plenty of stripes from their spring collection this September”.

amy on

I don’t understand why anyone goes to jail for tax evasion. If you’re in jail, you can’t work. How does the government expect to get paid?

Megan on

I had to pay my taxes, so should they!!

BBB on

@JPJ, they evaded $1.33 BILLION euros in taxes (~$1.78 billion dollars). Their fine is $440 million, not so crazy when you compare it to what they evaded. And 20 months in jail is not more time than people who commit murder and rape, come on, get real.

BBB on

**Correction, they evaded 1 billion euros (~1.33 billion dollars) in taxes.

Valerie on

I don’t know whether they are guilty or innocent, but I know that Italy is tough when it comes to tax evasion. I learned that when they sent Sophia Loren to prison.

Dehlia on

Serves them right; you must pay the price when you get the income and somehow these two missed that memo. Be responsible, call your accountant and get it together. I see no sympathy here, and the excuse for not paying the money, asinine.

Regal on

No sympathy here…

lola on

I guess bright orange jumpsuits are the new black

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