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Dolce and Gabanna sentenced to nearly 2 years jail for tax evasion
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An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced fashion design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the tax authorities.

The designers, who are nearly as famous as the stars they dress, were not present and have denied the charges. Given the complexity and length of the appeals process, they are unlikely to spend any time in jail.

A company spokesman could not be reached for immediate comment.

The success of Dolce and Gabbana's sexy corset dresses and sharply-tailored suits favoured by celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss and Bryan Ferry have earned them a glamorous lifestyle.
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Holy smoke I always thought powerful people would only get probation ...
I wonder what this means for the brand.

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OMG wasn't expecting this. This is disastrous for the brand.
Just saw this:

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Dolce and Gabbana have not yet given a public comment on the sentence and are likely to appeal the verdict. They are said to be unlikely to go to jail any time soon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22977174

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Tragic.

I'm not familiar with the Italian legal system, but will they seriously have a chance of serving their whole sentence?

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I really don't get it.. If it was anyone not famous people would say "good for the authority on catching them!" Most influential people, especially politicians see they career vanish for those kind of fraud.
I sure hope they will lose and serve their sentence. I never got the point of not wanting to pay tax, especially for people who earn a comfortable wage..

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I never got the point of not wanting to pay tax, especially for people who earn a comfortable wage..
I agree. The more people earn, the less eager they're paying taxes.

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I'm not trying to justify Domenico's and Stefano's behavior, they do earn lots of money, that's for sure and paying the taxes is every citizen's duty.. but still. I'm deeply saddened by these news. 20 months is a long time, in my country many people who have done much worse things will never expect such sentence. It sure will affect the brand, they will miss at least three seasons.
It seems that we get those horrible news too often these days, fashion world has been really shaken up.

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They're supposed to be opening a location in Toronto...I suppose they are leaving the work to their design team... So confused, yet amused.

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They should be in jail for making the same damn collection since 2009 tbh.

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it is a suspended sentence, so they won't be going to prison. they have to exhaust the appeals process which will take years.

the italian judicial system is a joke.

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They should be in jail for making the same damn collection since 2009 tbh.
Best comment ever.

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i know this is bad but i am hoping they get some inspiration and go back to designing real collections

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I really don't get it.. If it was anyone not famous people would say "good for the authority on catching them!" Most influential people, especially politicians see they career vanish for those kind of fraud.
I sure hope they will lose and serve their sentence. I never got the point of not wanting to pay tax, especially for people who earn a comfortable wage..
I feel the same way EvaH, I've never understood why people avoid paying taxes. Taxes are a natural part of being a citizen in Italy (in the US, etc... pretty much anywhere), it is to be expected. It's not like they get a bill at the end of the year and go, "Whats this??? We weren't told about this!" Everyone pays taxes and those taxes go to supporting the governments infrastructure. Do rich people not have good accountants? Because if middle class and lower income people can pay their taxes then surely the wealthy can too.

Perhaps this is harsh but I do not feel much pity for these two, clearly they broke the law, and when this happens repercussions ought to occur. Honestly, it bugs me so much when wealthy people get off scot free in tax situations (or in other events where the law was broken), they are no more special then the rest of us, therefore they should be given the same punishment. Of course this could be bad for the company but perhaps Dolce & Gabbana should have thought about that before trying to avoid paying taxes.

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