Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana Could Face Over Two Years in Prison for Tax Evasion

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce | Source: Dolce and Gabbana

MILAN, Italy — Gaetano Ruta, the prosecutor representing the Italian government in tax evasion proceedings concerning Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, has called for prison sentences of two-and-a-half years each to be awarded to the duo at the designers’ sentencing hearing.

Ruta did not ask Antonella Brambilla, the judge presiding over the hearing, for the harshest sentence available to the court, which stands at 5 years.

The designers are not alone in facing incarceration. Ruta asked that the company’s accountant Luciano Patelli be sentenced to three years, whilst requesting that finance director Giuseppe Minoni and Domenico’s brother, Alfonso Dolce, be awarded sentences of two years each.

The case concerns the 2004 sale of the Dolce and Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ holding company, Gado Srl, based in Luxembourg.

An Italian court ruled in favour of the nation’s tax authority in March of this year, finding those involved guilty of “abuse, with the only goal of obtaining a fiscal advantage,” awarding a fine of 343.3 million euros.

In the context of Italy’s poor economic climate, government initiatives to clamp down on tax evasion are popular. The country is thought to forfeit an estimated $150 billion a year in unpaid taxes and the Dolce and Gabbana case has attracted significant public interest.

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  1. Apple has been uncovered too by doing this to the US. I’m sure no one is crying for the US but it is disgusting and wrong.

    AG from Halethorpe, MD, United States
  2. They will probably not get charged since they have close connections to sicilian mafia.

    anosh from Dubai, Dubayy, United Arab Emirates
  3. Somehow it seems that their are those who think once they bring in millions of dollars on a regular basis that they can avoid giving their uncle his share. Who is the uncle? It doesn’t matter where you live, or which region of the world you set up business, every country has a uncle that has his hand permanently out for his share of your earned money. He’s the family member you never wanted, but must provide for. Hey Uncle Sam.

    kalyca romeo from Brooklyn, NY, United States