OFF BEAT: Dolce & Gabbana tax rap puts them in fashionable company

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Dolce & Gabbana Tax Evasion Conviction
Photo by Photo via Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock.com Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce arrive at the opening of a new Dolce & Gabbana boutique in Moscow on June 24, 2010.

From the catwalk to the cellblock, a Milan appeals court has upheld a tax evasion conviction against designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

The men behind Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana were found guilty last year of failing to pay millions of euros in taxes and sentenced to one year and eight months in prison. The court did on Wednesday, however, reduce the sentence to one year and six months because the statute of limitations applied to certain facts in the case, Reuters reported.

Mr. Dolce and Mr. Gabbana are the latest to join the short list of Italian designers who have been scrutinized by tax authorities. Other fashion houses include Valentino, Prada and Armani.

Dolce & Gabbana has a number of celebrity fans, such as Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey, who appeared in a 2013 commercial directed by Martin Scorsese for its The One fragrance.

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