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Dolce and Gabbana Sentenced to Jail

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce
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An Italian appeals court gave the pair an 18-month jail sentence stemming from their 2013 tax case.

An Italian appeals court has found designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana guilty of tax evasion, sentencing the duo -- along with accountant Luciano Patellito -- to one year and six months in jail.

STORY: Dolce & Gabbana Found Guilty of Tax Evasion

The court upheld a conviction that was handed down last June for allegedly avoiding taxes on approximately €1 billion in the 2004 sale of their Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to a Luxembourg holding company. The previous lower-court ruling gave the pair suspended 20-month jail sentences and fines of up to €10 million.

Under Italian law, Dolce and Gabbana will not have to serve actual jail time as the sentence is below Italy's minimum sentencing requirements.

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