June 20, 2013 10:39:30 AM
MILAN -- A Milan court on Wednesday convicted the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion.
They were found guilty of failing to declare $268 million through a Luxembourg company to authorities and given a one year and eight months suspended jail sentence. They were ordered to pay a penalty of about $670,000 to tax authorities.
The court, however, acquitted them of misrepresenting income of around $560 million each, even though the statute of limitations had expired on the charge.
The designers have denied the charges. Defense lawyer Massimo Dinoia pledged to appeal the ruling, saying the fact the court issued an acquittal on a charge that had expired, instead of just letting it fall to the statute of limitations, "means the proof of their innocence is evident."
Two years ago, a judge threw out a tax evasion and fraud case against the pair, whose label Dolce&Gabbana is a Milan fashion mainstay.