Jul 18, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Italian fashion team Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have had their conviction for tax evasion, along with their 18-month jail sentences, overturned by the Italian Court of Justice. The two had originally been found guilty in 2013 and in April an appeals court rejected their attempts to get the verdict overturned. The latest decision will have come as an understandable relief and Dolce and Gabbana took to Twitter to express their thoughts following the outcome.
“We have always been honest and we are extremely proud of this recognition by the Italian Court of Justice. Viva l’Italia,” the designers said in a statement.
Dolce & Gabbana had been charged with evading tax when they transferred control of their brands to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado a decade ago. They have consistently denied the accusations.
Despite being sentenced to prison, the designers were able to avoid serving any jail time while the appeals process was being exhausted.
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