World renowned Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been found guilty for tax Evasion and sentenced to one year and eight months in jail.
Massimo Dinoia, their lawyer confirmed and said they planned to appeal, adding that the case is “groundless.” The designers, known for their sexy styles favored by celebrities such as Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Scarlett Johansson, have denied the charges.
D&G are currently supporting Madonna’s MDNA 2013 tour.
The case dates back to 2004, when two of the company’s main brands were sold to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado.
Prosecutors alleged that the sale was made to avoid declaring taxes on royalties deriving from the two brands’ activities.
Under Italian law, the pair wouldn’t go to prison because sentences of less than three years are served with house arrest or community service. Moreover, the designers have the right to appeal the verdict twice, and Italian courts often take years to reach a final decision.