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Dolce and Gabbana found guilty of tax evasion, but escape jail

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to 18 months in jail but the pair will not be held in custody as the sentences are below the two-year minimum requiring incarceration.

An Italian court of appeal has upheld the guilty verdict given to Dolce and Gabbana last June, ruling the designers guilty of tax evasion.

The charges were brought against the designers and accountant Luciano Patellito in 2008 for tax evasion totalling €416m (£356m), relating to the 2004 sale of their brands Dolce & Gabbana and diffusion label D&G, to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company Gado Srl.

Dolce and Gabbana have consistently denied the charges and their lawyers have said they will appeal the decision to Italy’s highest court.

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